During my college days in Atlanta, I picked up a Christian publication one day that was left in a pew after chapel. There was a poem in that paper entitled “Don’t Quit”.
I was so impressed by the message of that poem that I cut it out of the paper and kept it nearby for many years after that. I lost track of it a few years ago when changing jobs and I just recently found it again. I would like to share it with you.
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all up hill,
When the funds are low, and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit!
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As everyone of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won had he stuck it out,
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow,
You may succeed with another blow.
Success is failure turned inside out,
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far,
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit,
It’s when things seem worse,
that you must not quit.
John Greenleaf Whittier
“And let us not be weary in well doing, for in due season, ye shall reap if ye faint not.” Galatians 6:9