I am impressed with the current message being put across by the Quit Victoria Ad, The one which says “Never give up giving up”. Basically don’t give up trying, if you’ve failed try again, this could be the time you win.
Over the years I have met so many folks, both men and women, who have talked about their struggle to give up smoking. I remember one chap who was an alcoholic who remarked that it was not hard to give up the booze but the fight to give up smoking was a real battle. Back in those days every second person smoked and there were no aids to help and no particular encouragement to try either.
During our welcome meeting to Kyabram Salvation Army back in the mid seventies Doug had encouraged the congregation to believe God for a miracle. Three days later a young mum stood up in the morning service and with tears streaming down her face told of her secret addiction to smoking and her battle with it. (You could be an Adherent in the Salvation Army and drink or smoke but not a Soldier/Salvationist.) A number of the congregation knew of her struggle and as she spoke I could see their faces crumple as she shared how she had asked God for that to be her miracle. There was hardly a dry eye in the congregation as she reported that she had not smoked or had any desire to for the last three days. To our knowledge she never smoked again.
I don’t have the answer to why God steps in and gives miracles to some while others have to fight through to achieve a goal. All I know is that whatever we are battling with we should never give up and always ask God to help us. The words of Winston Churchill come to mind. “Never give in; never give in, never, never, never.” When Peter asked Jesus how many times one should forgive a brother He answered? “Seventy times seven”. In other words don’t bother keeping count, just keep forgiving. So; don’t think of how many times you’ve failed just keep going till you succeed. With God’s help you will.
That famous victory symbol.