When faced with the choice of quitting or persevering, quitting can often be the harder, and braver, choice to make. Quitting cost us our pride. There are times we are chasing a dream, or achievement, skill that we just aren’t cut out to perform. There are times where we are striving to be someone God did not design us to be.

Once, while in full time (40 hours a week) language school, I was frantically working to set up a company in order to obtain a business visa. Within a month of running around to different government buildings I had a nervous breakdown.

After weeping in bed for three hours, I came to my senses. I was trying to operate outside of my lane of grace. I was trying to do something God wasn’t calling me to do, nor was He giving me grace. The weight I wrongly placed upon myself stole my joy and crushed me.

It was easy for me to see I needed to quit. It is not, however, always an easy choice to discern.

A Righteous man indeed gets back up again (Proverb 24:16), but, “the prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it “(Proverb 22:3). Do not suffer for being foolish. Yet, endure for the call that God places on your life, not because the worthless goals of man, or the pride of the life.

Endure for God. Yes—But run from needless suffering.

Originally Published here: http://www.adenezra.com/you-should-quit/

Aden E. Wright lives Middle East. Aden is laboring among the Muslim people groups to establish houses of prayer across the Middle East so that the Arab world might seek and find God (Amos 9:11). Aden writes at AdenEzra.com