Giving Up Isn’t The End

There will be times when you will have to admit defeat. That your prize is lost.

It won’t be pleasant but you’ll have to come to the conclusion that it’s for the best.

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Recently I experienced that with my new boomerang. I shared that story with you.

After getting the boomerang stuck high in a tree, I had to decide to leave it. Along with a volleyball we got stuck while attempting to retrieve the boomerang.

Disappointment quickly set in. My first time out with it and it’s stuck in a tree. I couldn’t even see it in the tree.

A few days passed and the disappointment faded.

The realization that it was okay. Nothing major was lost. Just an object.

Life went on.

Then one day I get a text from the youth pastor at our church.

He’d been walking to the church and noticed the volleyball on the ground. Seeing this, he snooped around the field awhile and found the lost boomerang.

It returned to me. After I had given up. While I wasn’t looking for it.

How often this happens to us in our lives!

We want our dream so badly we can taste it. We chase after the dream. Pursuing the dream with all of our being. Only to be let down time and time again.

Finally, we decide to call it quits. We throw in the towel. The fat lady sings.


Or so we think…

Maybe days. Maybe Weeks. Or maybe even months or years pass…

Then the dream reappears.

Better. More vivid. Bigger than you ever imagined.

Sometimes our dreams must die for a time.

This normally happens when we’re not ready for the realization of our dream. It’s played out many times before.

Want some examples?

  • Joseph. He dreamed of ruling over his brothers. In the book of Genesis, we are able to read the story of Joseph. He tells everyone of his dreams. His brothers come to despise him and plot to kill him. Instead, they sell him into slavery. It seems his dream is dead. And yet it is fulfilled when he is promoted to Pharaoh’s right hand man.
  • Ben Carson. He knew he wanted to become a doctor from a very young age. Yet his father walked out on the family while he was only 8-years old. The remaining family had to move into the Detroit ghetto. School was tough for Ben. He struggled to perform. Dreams were being crushed. But his mother fought for his dreams. She cut out the TV, made her boys read books, and turn in book reports. Ben has now become a pioneering neurologist and philanthropist.
  • Sutton Park. Dreams of singing and performed filled his mind. He moved to Nashville to live out those dreams. Instead, he wound up homeless, drunk, and hopeless. It seemed like all was lost. Then he hit rock bottom and clawed his way up. His dreams have finally come alive as he writes, plays music, and speaks.

These three men are but a few who have such stories. When their dreams died, it seemed like it was all over. But it wasn’t…

Their story wasn’t finished. And neither is yours.

Question: What dream of yours has died that you would like to see resurrected? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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