Never, never never give up.

Lake Surrender by Carol StrattonIt’s thick, dressed in a white cover and with stylized black printing announcing the title. Inside is parked five years of my life as I pretended to live in another’s shoes, move to an imaginary town and step into another life. I am looking at the proof copy of my novel.

First novel.

How did I ever write that many words?

I don’t finish things… But I did.

My printed world stands as a testament to the lines on a card in my office, taken from a larger quote from Winston Churchill during WWII.

“Never, never never give up.”

He was talking about war, but I looked at them every day to remind myself of the virtue of persistence.

Maybe you have something in your life that continues to pester, persecute or pound on you. It might be a job you can’t quite conquer. Maybe it’s a spouse you’ve grown weary of trying to understand or a child who is wild and worldly. But whatever burden you might be carrying, I encourage you not to quit.

Life is too short to look back on a path of strewn half-baked relationships and incomplete projects. God is faithful to complete what he has started in our lives.

“Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:5.

4 responses to “Never, never never give up.”

  1. I am so proud of you and honored that I know you to watch as you created “Lake Surrender”. I know your heart so wanted to complete the book. Good luck with sales and I will pray you are encouraged by the results of this publication. Go Girl.
    Love, Frankie

  2. So proud of you, Carol!

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