One of our sons and his wife gave Jim and me a beautiful poinsettia when they visited for Thanksgiving. I had so hoped to keep it alive until Christmas!
Jim suggested that instead of taking the “thing” to the trash that night, I give it a little water and bring it inside for some warm air. He thought this might do wonders. I thought that his idea had a .00001% chance, but went ahead and gave it a try.
Sure enough, by the next morning the poinsettia had sprung back to life! Amazing! And to think, I was ready to give up on it.
As the new year begins, that little poinsettia reminds me of so many things in life—dreams that look impossible or relationships that appear to be heading South or situations that seem to have no hope. It seems to say, “Don’t give up too quickly, even when it looks like it’s time to throw in the towel.”
Of course, untold numbers of people have been ready to throw in the towel at the very point where they found hope. King David was one of them.
Centuries ago David penned these words: “Be brave. Be strong. Don’t give up. Expect God to get here soon” (Psalm 31:4, The Message).
This Week’s Story Journey Challenge: Look for a biblical principle in an experience that happens to you during the week. And then, write a story about it.
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