Before You Say “I Quit”

Yesterday to close my sermon I shared something I have had in my files for years. When I first heard it from a preacher he credited a former preacher named Bob Moorehead. I really do not know the original source, but it is still worth repeating. It is titled “Before you say ‘I quit'”

“I am standing for the healing of my marriage! I won’t give up, give in, give out or give over till that healing takes place. I made a vow; I said the words; I gave the pledge; I gave a ring; I took a ring; I gave myself; I trusted God; and said the words and meant the words…in sickness and in health, in sorrow and in joy, for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in good times and in bad; so I’m standing now, and won’t sit down, let down, slow down, calm down, fall down, look down, or be down till the breakdown is torn down!”

“I refuse to put my eyes on outward circumstances; or listen to Prophets of doom, or buy into what’s trendy, worldly, popular, convenient, easy, quick, thrifty, or advantageous. Nor will I settle for a cheap imitation of God’s real thing. Nor will I seek to lower God’s standard, twist God’s will, rewrite God’s Word, violate God’s covenant, or accept what God hates, namely divorce.”

“In a world of filth, I will stay pure, surrounded by lies, I will speak the truth. Where hopelessness abounds, I will hope in God. Where revenge is easier, I will bless instead of curse, and when the odds are stacked against me, I’ll trust in God’s faithfulness.”

“I’m a stander, and I won’t acquiesce, compromise, quarrel or quit. I have made the choice, set my face, entered the race, believed the Word, and trusted God for all the outcome.”

“I will allow neither the reaction of my spouse, nor the urging of my friends, nor the advice of my loved ones, nor the economic hardship, nor the prompting of the devil to make me let up, slow up, blow up, or give up till my marriage is healed up.”


3 thoughts on “Before You Say “I Quit”

  1. I believe this one hundred percent. Unfortunately only one of us in our marriage believed this. He divorced me and remarried. After being married for 38 years, I will not marry again.

    • Dee – I am sorry to hear your story. I pray that God may bless your life through the next phase of your journey with him. I pray you can use your experience and wisdom with other people for the greater glory of God.

      • Thank you for your kind thoughts. I pray for the same thing each and everyday. But God has yet to show me how to tell my children (even tho they are reaching adulthood) how their father could move thousands of miles away and carry on a new life as if they didn’t exist. People keep telling me that it is easier for a man to walk away and not have the regrets that many women have. I don’t know if that is true. What I do know is this man meant everything to me. But he didnt know it. I didn’t tell him. And that is one thing I will regret for the rest of my life. So if that is the experience and wisdom you are speaking of I have plenty of it. I have learned much with the divorce process. Most of it ugly. Much of it sad. Sad that there were many realizations that were just too late. I never gave up on our marriage he did. He walked away and made it look easy. Don’t get me wrong he really is or was a very kind hearted man. Which makes this even harder to understand. I will keep praying to God everyday that I find peace. Thank you for listening.

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