Reading:  Acts 15:38
but Paul did not think it wise to take him, because he had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not continued with them in the work.


“Just quit!” Have you thought about it? Have you, in the rehearsal hall of your mind, stomped into your supervisor’s office and dropped your keys, your I.D., your last assignment in his lap? Have you thought about tanking your marriage, leaving your church, quitting school, running away, or dropping off the map?

Be careful what you quit. Quitting is habit forming. Most closed doors lock behind you. I’ve never read a book that honors quitters. I’ve never seen a statue raised to remember deserters. For the most part, quitting is a dishonorable disengagement. Quitting comes at a high cost. Most of the time the quitter moves down, not up.

I can’t count the number of times someone has come to our doors seeking financial help after quitting a good paying job. Unable to delay the gratification of being free of an oppressive workplace, unable to stay the course in the pursuit of a better option, they opted for the door – and now they’re standing at mine, about to go under.

John Mark had called it quits in Pamphylia. It was not the proudest day in his life. He made it back (2 Timothy 4:11). John Mark is a rare exception. Most quitters have left their best days behind.


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