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indexSometimes life is tough! This is no news to many of you. In fact, some of you are in the midst of going through some difficult challenges even as you read this article. In times like these, there’s nothing like a good friend who’s “been where you are”, and comes along to remind you that there’s always hope, don’t give up, and to trust God.

Just ask the endurance swimmer, Diana Nyad, 64, who on Monday became the first person to swim the 110 miles from Cuba to Key West, Florida. In her 5th attempt, after 53 hours in the water, accomplished her goal. It wasn’t without discouragement though. In her final hours she was at the point of giving up when her friend called out that she saw land and was almost there. That boost of encouragement compelled her not to give up and to press on.

In (2 Corinthians 4:16-18 NLT), our friend is the Apostle Paul. His encouraging words are to the Corinthian church that’s going through some real difficult challenges, and probably at the verge of giving up.

He says, “That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.

For those reading this article today and feel like giving up, let me give you a few “bullet points” from our friend Paul.

#1 Never give up! Even when all seems lost…With God…ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE! Don’t give up! You have no idea how close God is to a breakthrough.

#2 Your difficulties, depending on how you deal with them, have the ability to strengthen or weaken your faith. Determine now that your current difficulty is going to you stronger in your faith journey in the long run.

#3 It’s time to refocus! Instead of being so focused on your problems, refocus your attention on God by giving your difficulty to Him and committing your faithfulness to do what He’s calling you to do, even when you don’t understand.

Where ever you are, whatever your circumstance today, DON’T GIVE UP! God’s not done working on you yet.