Don't Give Up

BIBLE READING: 1 Thessalonians 1: 1-2, 1 This letter is from Paul, Silas, and Timothy. We are writing to the church in Thessalonica, to you who belong to God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. May God give you grace and peace. 2 We always thank God for all of you and pray for you constantly. 3 As we pray to our God and Father about you, we think of your faithful work, your loving deeds, and the enduring hope you have because of our Lord Jesus Christ.

BLOG: Pro. 18:13 If one gives an answer before he hears, it is his folly and shame.

I have long said that making assumptions is disastrous. Often you don't know what you are talking about, and thus you cannot make the right decisions. I have made more than my share of bad decisions based on my assumptions. 

One way I see people self destruct with their assumptions is in regards to their future. 

I'm not going to get that promotion because the boss likes my co-worker better. 
My spouse is going to leave me because they don't pay attention to me anymore. 
I can't get a job because nobody likes me. 
I did something stupid now everyone is going to disown me. 
There is no reason for me to do my best; it doesn't matter; they have already made up their mind. 

These are over-generalizations and assumptions. Sure, there may be some truth in those statements. But that's no reason to give up or not do your best. 

So, what do you do? 

Remember that your future in God's hands. Regardless of how things turn out. God is still in control. 
Rejection isn't a reason to quit. It is a reason to try again. Ask Isaac about digging wells. 
One closed door may open a better one. A "no" can become a better "yes."
Stop being a fortune teller. Don't assume things about your future that lead you to give up. Believe that God is in your future and be faithful to honor Him today and tomorrow. 

PRAY: Dear Jesus, You've got my future in Your hands. Lead me, and I will trust You. AMEN