Being a Christian in a world full of sin can be hard. It can be hard to keep on spreading God's Word to people who don't seem to listen to what we say. It can be hard to keep shining your Christian light when people are trying to put it out. I get it. Being a Christian is hard for me at times. I try my absolute best to shine my light wherever I go. At school, it seems as if shining my light is not making a difference. At times I feel like just giving up; giving up shining my light, giving up spreading God's Word, and giving up trying to impact people's lives through Christ. I just want to give up. Giving up trying to live a godly life is something that should definitely not be done. So, what should you do when you want to give up?
Refresh your mind. I don't know about you, but when I'm at the point of giving up, I generally have a lot of negative thoughts going through my head. I have thoughts that are telling me: "what you do doesn't matter," "no one is going to listen to you anyways so why keep trying," "this is all just a waste of your time," etc. I have to hit the "refresh" button on my brain to make the negative things go away and start with a clean slate. Spreading God's word is more effective with positive thoughts and a positive attitude. By refreshing your mind, you are throwing away the negative thoughts that make you want to give up. " Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things" (Philippians 4:8).
Renew your soul. In your soul there is a "fire" that burns with a passion for spreading God's Word. You've got to keep throwing logs onto that fire to keep it blazing. If that fire dies out, your zeal for God dies out. Those "logs" can include being encouraged and uplifted by fellow Christians. Every Christian is on the same boat when it comes to shining our lights. We all have struggles that cause our fire to die down a little, but we can't just stand by and watch their fire go out. We have to encourage them and get their fire going again. "Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing" (1 Thessalonians 5:11).
Recharge your spiritual battery. Every Christian has a spiritual battery, and like all batteries, they eventually run out of energy. It is not good for a Christian to run on an empty battery. There are many ways that you can recharge your battery. You can go to church on a regular basis, you can go to church events like Polishing the Pulpit (and others that are listed in the recommended links page), you can even do something a simple as spending time with God and studying His Word regularly. Pretty much all Christian's spiritual batteries run dry at times. Some people's battery gets drained faster than others, it all depends on your situation and what you're dealing with.
Refresh, renew, and recharge. Don't give up fighting the good fight. Your reward will be out of this world if you keep on keepin' on (Matthew 5:12). You're not alone.
By: Jennifer Odom
My name is Jennifer Odom and I've been a Christian since October 2011. I'm a 17-year-old freshman at Freed-Hardeman University. I like reading, crocheting, and Bible journaling. My favorite verse is Philippians 1:21. I write for Tomorrow's Church, Today and am the editor for Beyond the Foam. I hope to speak at several ladies days, become a music teacher, get involved with mission work, and bring as many people as I can with me to heaven. Stepping in Light is affiliated with the church of Christ.