Never, never, never, never give up


On dirt fields, he taught me. He was patient, hard-working, demanding, tireless. He almost always won, often coming from behind.

On dirt fields, he taught me. He was patient, hard-working, demanding, tireless. He almost always won, often coming from behind.

Like he fought on the field, so in the church. Mario always invited youths to know God.

Like he fought on the field, so in the church. Mario always invited youths to know God.

No matter how many goals he goes down, Mario Ajcip never despairs. The Guatemalan patiently works to improve his team and to remount the score and win. Sometimes he yells at his teammates, demanding output.

Since learning to play from him some 10 years imagesago, I now know that his is an extraordinary characteristic. I have played, coached and watched teams that become despondent and give up. If they go down two goals, they anguish and pray for the final whistle to hurry so they can scurry off the field of humiliation. Soccer is low scoring, so when you’re down a few, commentators say it’s over.

Well, I learned from Mario. It’s never over!

I don’t care what troubles your facing now (economical, marital, prodigal), it ain’t over till you’re dead. SOOOOO, keep fighting. Keep kicking that ball, connect passes, set up goals, defend667 staunchly. Don’t just retreat into your half and try to limit goals against, run the counter-attack! And yell at yourself for having a give-up attitude.

The title of the blog, of course, comes from Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who inspired Britain to stand alone against the monolithic Axis Powers in World War II, when France and all other resistance had been crushed. We have need to remember his motto today. Keep believing, keep working, keep praying.

15 responses to “Never, never, never, never give up

  1. God rewards those who have faith, persist, and never give up. Thank you for this excellent reminder and inspiration : )

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  3. Always, always a good reminder. Needed that today, thanks.

  4. Wonderful! Coming through major depression, a 20 year eating disorder, and PTSD, I have to say this is the single most important piece of advice ever spoken.

    I often think about what would have happened to my family if Jesus hadn’t stepped in 7 years ago and I’d given up all hope. My children wouldn’t have their mother, my husband wouldn’t have me, and my family would have been devastated.

    The enemy has a plan to destroy us, and if he can get us to believe ‘it’s too big, I can’t do it, there’s no hope’, then we will quit and miss all the good God has planned for us. In those dark days leading up to his intervention, I never could have guessed all the goodness he had in store for me. It’s HIS power that heals and encourages us.

    Great message!

  5. refusingtopanic

    “And yell at yourself for having a give-up attitude.”
    yelling!
    thanks for the reminder ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Amen! Keep on keeping on! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. These words are authentic since Churchill proved it in his life!

  8. Thanks for following my blog! Gods blessing to you!

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