"No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God." (Luke 9:62 NRSV)
There are times when wise persons cut their losses. However, if your cause is just and your goals are lofty, that is a different matter. Notice that Jesus said, "No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD." If the kingdom of God is your goal, then you should never look back. You should hang in there. You should not quit regardless of your circumstances.
A life-long marriage is like that. A man tells about visiting friends when they received a telephone call from their recently married daughter. After several tense minutes on the phone, the mother told the father to pick up the extension. The newlyweds had their first big fight. A few moments later the father came back to where his friends were waiting. He tersely explained, "She said she wanted to come home." "What did you tell her?" his friends asked. "I told her she WAS home," her father explained.
Dear God, strengthen my kingdom commitments. Amen.
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