“Don’t Quit” is a lovely, inspirational poem that can truly help us get through these hard times.
Let’s take a look at what it is saying:
“When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
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 strange with its twists and turns
As every one of us sometimes learns
And many a failure comes 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.
Often the goal is nearer than
it seems to a faint and faltering man.
Often the struggler has given up
when he might have captured the victor’s cup.
And he learned too late when the night slipped down,
how close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out.
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt.
And you can never tell how close you are.
It may be near when it seems afar.
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit.
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit!”
This inspirational poem was sent to me by Geraldine Scott Jackson, a retired schoolteacher, thanking me for the inspiration she felt from reading my column. She said, “As a frequent reader of the excellent Washington Informer newspaper, I was most inspired by your article in the Sept. 14, 2017 ‘The Religious Corner’–‘Keep Going Through Storms of Life.’ Your inspirational article motivated me to respond to you in a positive optimistic manner-actually rendering me ‘hope’ to believe and never give up in obtaining a financial victory! I am a senior citizen-age — 69 — and a longtime resident of D.C. I am also a retired D.C. Public School Teacher rendering 39 years of outstanding service to the school system. Please find below a poem that I keep in my bedroom as a means of inspiration in order for me to keep the faith and continue to trust in God! I pray daily which includes a plethora of prayers. Blessings to you and your family as well!”
In Scripture, His servant Job knew there was no great hidden scandal in his life engendering his trials. Job lost everything, he was being tested, but he said “naked I came into the world, and naked I will return, all the days of my appointed time, I will wait until my change comes.” Even his wife suggested he should curse God and die, but he didn’t, and he was rewarded for enduring all that he was confronted with in his life.
In Job 42:10-17: “Job prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his prosperity and doubled his previous possessions. God blessed him in the latter part of his life more than the earlier. Though he has lost everything, in the end, he owned 14,000 sheep, 6,000 camels, 1,000 yoke of oxen, and 1,000 female donkeys. He also had seven sons and three daughters. No women were as beautiful as Job’s daughters could be found in all the land, and their father granted them an inheritance with their brothers. Job lived 140 years after this and saw his children and their children to the fourth generation. Then Job died, old and full of days.”
There are many whys that we will never know in this life, like why African Americans have been treated so poorly for more than 400 years, or why we have today a U.S. president who speaks racism from his bully pulpit. But “Don’t Quit” will forever remain an important virtue for each of us to possess.
Lyndia Grant is a speaker/writer living in the D.C. area. Her radio show, “Think on These Things,” airs Fridays at 6 p.m. on 1340 AM (WYCB), a Radio One station. To reach Grant, visit her website, www.lyndiagrant.com, email email@example.com or call 240-602-6295. Follow her on Twitter @LyndiaGrant and on Facebook.