Don’t you ‘throw in the towel’

Posted 2/19/21

Keep on fighting, brothers and sisters. Don’t quit. We are conquerors. We are more than conquerors. Don’t “throw in the towel.”

Even if it feels like you are getting banged …

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Don’t you ‘throw in the towel’

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Keep on fighting, brothers and sisters. Don’t quit. We are conquerors. We are more than conquerors. Don’t “throw in the towel.”

Even if it feels like you are getting banged up and pounded by challenges, hang in there. Battered by an angry sea of life’s uncertainties and disappointments, we shall not be defeated.

Many are fighting to make ends meet, keep their sanity, keep food on the table, provide for the children and keep them motivated to learn. Tired and on the verge of giving up? Don’t quit. The kids need us. The future is bright.

“Throw in the towel” is a sports-themed idiomatic expression that describes a boxer who is beaten up and can go no further, so he (or the mostly likely the trainer) accepts defeat by throwing a towel in the ring. Signaling defeat to the referee indicates to the opponent, “Don’t hit me no more, man. I surrender. I quit. I can’t take anymore. I want to fight, but my body cannot continue. My strength is gone. The fight is over. Let’s end this match now. I’m done.”

Have you ever felt like that?

But remember that faith is not based on feelings, as feelings may change from day to day. Trust God who never changes (Hebrews 13:8). Keep on fighting. It ain’t over.

Stay on the winning side. Who’s on the Lord’s side? We win!

Besides, it’s the same “towel” with which you have continuously wiped your sweat and tears. The Lord sees those tears, so keep on wiping and keep on fighting. No towel tossing.

In addition, it appears that the boxer’s trainer helps to make the final decision of defeat and throws in the towel, because the boxer is whipped, and sometimes still wants to fight. Who’s in our corners and ears, influencing our decision making and destiny? Lord, strengthen our discernment so that we may distinguish wise counsel from corrupt communication.

And for clarity, surely there may be actions that we need to quit or diminish doing, but categorically we refuse to “throw in the towel” or quit (you know) on God, on life, on dreams, etc.

Children of God, the darkest hour is just before day. We are more than conquerors. We win!

“Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us (Romans 8:37).

Good old-fashioned advice: Quitting is not an option. Don’t even try it.

Prayer: Almighty God, we adore Thee. Strengthen us to keep on fighting, as we are equipped with our spiritual armor (Ephesians 6:11-18). Restore our peace and joy. We rebuke the principalities of darkness that work against our lives. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

Della Marie Woods Newkirk is an educator and native of Lillington. She can be reached at newkirkdella@gmail.com.

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