The Texas Rangers baseball team, upon beginning the new reign of manager, Jeff Banister, turned his trademark twitter hashtag, #nevereverquit, into their team mantra. Jeff, a longterm resident of our community and attender of Clear Creek Community Church modeled that phrase in all aspects of his life. Personally overcoming adversity, he continued to press on to now being one of Major League Baseball’s finest managers.
When you hear NEVER EVER QUIT, I’m sure you’ve got a story to tell as well. Maybe it was an academic challenge that you persevered through, an athletic competition that brought out your best, a health scare or a relational crisis, a work project or personal fitness goal. You did it, and despite the pain, the obstacles, the heartache… you never felt better.
I think of the story recorded in Luke 5 where we see a NEVER EVER QUIT moment:
And behold, some men were bringing on a bed a man who was paralyzed, and they were seeking to bring him in and lay him before Jesus, but finding no way to bring him in, because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down with his bed through the tiles into the midst before Jesus. – Luke 5:18-19
These guys get the NEVER EVER QUIT t-shirt.
You talk about determination, fighting through obstacles, doing whatever it takes! They carried a guy on his bed who couldn’t walk. They couldn’t get through the crowded door, so they carried him upstairs to the roof. They ripped the roof apart and lowered the man down.
Why? Why this never ever quit attitude that resulted in never ever quit actions? They were desperate for their friend to meet Jesus! They would not quit no matter what. That’s what we are called to do.
Who do you know that you are praying for… that you are desperate for them to meet Jesus? Are you willing to do the hard things to expose them to Jesus? Are you willing to be uncomfortable, be misunderstood?
Are you willing to be bold? #nevereverquit
– Chris Alston, West Campus Pastor