Lost Cause

Junkyard CarHopeless undertaking, pursuing something that will and cannot happen

Don’t hope for something cause it’s hopeless, wait for it to come on its own time. Alicia Figgs

No man can lose what he never had.  Izaak Walton

Sometimes it takes someone who loves us to tell us that something is a lost cause. Randall Burkhalter

   The concept of “lost causes” is philosophically tough for many of us to embrace. We come from molds where admitting defeat is not acceptable. We have been taught to never give up. “It’s not over until it’s over”. There are many admonitions against ever quitting or giving up.

    Contrary to all this wise and well-intended advice, there are some things that just should be considered as lost causes. Even though it is said that we should never give up or quit if something is worth pursuing, there are situations where “giving up” is the better choice. The difficulty is in knowing when this is the case. What may be a lost cause for one may not be lost for another. Too many people give up too easily. Sometimes we are only an “inch” away from success. However, sometimes the “costs” of going on against the improbability of success are just so great, the proper choice is to take on something new or to move on.

    “Life happens” as we go down certain paths. Options and choices are constantly changing. Things are taken away or change from what they were. Certainties turn into uncertainties and are gone. Things which have been part of our life are gone. It is time to move on. Divorce, broken relationships, job loss, lost loved ones, failed ventures, failed health, and other such events can create “lost causes” in life.  The heart wrenching decision to remove life support from a loved one is a good example of such change. Our life must go on without them.      

    There are always some examples where someone turns a seemingly “lost” causes into success. It is so hard to give up on things that seem so vitally important. Sometimes it must be done; we are better off to determine something is “lost”, let it go, and go down a different path. It can be really hard for us to see such things without help and advice of loved ones and friends. “Maybe we cannot see our own forest for the trees”.

     We should always keep in mind the “big picture”. A lost cause admitted to and left behind, may only be a temporary defeat. It should be replaced with something new and worthy. We are never defeated and have not lost until we fail to get back up and keep on trying. Something new and worthwhile is waiting for us.

Challenge:  Is there something in your life that should be declared a “Lost Cause”?  Is it difficult to let it go? Lost causes are harmful to long term well-being. Take a deep breath; summon all the courage you can muster, and let your lost causes go.  You may need others to help you get through this. New possibilities, adventures, and unwritten chapters are waiting for you. Replace your “Lost Cause” with something new and worthwhile.

Wisdom: To bear defeat with dignity, to accept criticism with poise, to receive honors with humility — these are marks of maturity and graciousness. William A Ward

Spiritual: (NIV)

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1

A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all. Psalm 34:19

We have very limited knowledge of what life is truly all about. God has perfect knowledge and desiresp only the very best for us. His plan is a better plan. In our weakness, we cling to worldly things because we have fear of what we do not know. We forget we have a Heavenly Father. He has us in his hands, is always watching out for us and wants the best for us. We really have to let go and trust that He has our best interest at heart. This is faith.     

Prayer:  Help me to know your will in my life, when to let something go and when to continue to pursue it.   

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