Strength to Try Again

I work with people every day who are tired … just plain tired. They have tried and tried and tried without seeing the success they so desperately want need. Their hearts have been broken so many times that they feel like there is just superglue holding it together. Is it worth trying again, hoping again and risking pain again?

Recently I heard about some researchers who caught a northern pike. In case you don’t know, northern pike are very aggressive fish that live in the waters of the northern United States and Canada. They feed on smaller fish and are known to do whatever it takes to stay alive. This northern pike was put into a large tank and given hundreds of minnows to feed on. It was living it’s dream life – more food than it would ever need and it didn’t need to fight anyone else for them. Life was perfect! Then the researchers placed a glass tube in the middle of the tank and moved the minnows into the tube, preventing the pike from reaching them. At first, the pike tried desperately to get the minnows, banging its head repeatedly into the tube. After a few days of this behavior, however, the pike gave up. He moved away from the tube and eventually rested on the bottom of the tank and entirely quit trying to get to the food. At this point, the researchers took out the tube and released the minnows back into the tank. They were, once again, a free meal for the pike. But, this time, the pike ignored them. He laid on the bottom of the tank until he literally starved to death, even though there were hundreds of minnows swimming around him.

That story is very sobering because it can apply to us also. There is a real danger in giving up.

Don't be afraid to fail. Be afraid not to try. (Michael Jordan) Click To Tweet

If you are at the point where you are ready to protect yourself by giving up – please let this be a warning to you. Don’t ever give up. I am not saying this is easy because it can be the hardest thing you have ever done to try just one more time. But you have to keep trying!

If you find yourself in this situation, I would love to help you out. Please feel free to send me a personal email at mk@meschellekolb.com. Let me help encourage you! God made you for a purpose and I want to help you live in that purpose!

  • Meschell, this verse reminds me of what you are trying to do for others but it also shows us that at times we can (and will) go through some very difficult times for the purpose of helping others. How can you understand what hunger is like unless you’ve been hungry?
    2 Corinthians 1:3-4
    “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”
    Everyone of us has something to offer because of what we’ve been through but sometimes we need a guide to help us along our path, you are that guide, God bless.

    1. Thank you so much 🙂 God does use our trials to help us grow. In my family, we call that “character building.” We often wish it didn’t have to be so hard, but you are right that God can and will develop us through our trials to help others! God bless!

  • Sorry, I forgot the “e” on the end of your name, that’s what I get for typing to fast…..sorry 🙁

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