For as long as I’ve been a mom, I wanted to be in the Parent Teacher Association (PTA). I enjoy being a part of a community, and what better community to join than one that supports education. I have memories of my mom volunteering in my elementary school. She made copies for teachers and put bandages on boo-boos in the first aid room. I thought I could do some of the same for my girls’ school.
Last year, I attended my first PTA meeting at our new school. I listened as they reported on their activities and volunteer opportunities for the coming school year. I became very uncomfortable in the meeting when I realized I didn’t feel compelled to help with any of it. I could not get out of there fast enough. Free time is a commodity, and most of my time was already committed to things I was fiercely passionate about. I knew I needed to quit the PTA as soon as possible.
We encourage our kids to try again, even when they are ready to give up. We attend motivational seminars meant to keep us working toward our goals. We write inspirational blog posts pep talking ourselves and our audience to stay in it. The message is clear: Never give up! Keep fighting! Just do it!
The truth is, sometimes quitting is a good thing.
I quit the PTA. It’s a good thing, a needed thing, but not my thing. I’ve been thinking about some things I need to quit in order to be more like Christ.
I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ and become one with him. I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ. For God’s way of making us right with himself depends on faith. (Phil. 3:7-9, NLT)
I Want to Quit!
I want to quit using small group leadership as my excuse for discipleship. Leading a small group is a form of discipleship, however, I use it as a checkmark on my imaginary “good things I do” list. Group leadership does not take the place of entering into intentional, individual discipleship relationships. (Visit If:Equip for a deeper look at discipleship.)
I want to quit trying to make everything work out. I say I believe God, but I try to take care of the details myself. Phone calls, emails, and strategic conversations are my way of pressing the panic button. I want to rest in the promises and provisions of God which means I need to stop meddling in His business.
I want to quit saying yes out of guilt. Be it a volunteer opportunity or my daughter’s request to help her bake a cake on a school night—I do things I don’t want to do to make others happy. The yeses I give out sometimes take away from things I should do. “Whenever you say yes to something, there is less of you for something else. Make sure your yes is worth the less” (Lysa TerKeurst,
I want to quit depending on my goodness as my righteousness. As a rule-follower, I often end the day with a mental checklist of the good things I did. Because of this tendency towards pride, I often negate the importance of the gospel. Instead of feeling superior, I want to embrace humility as I preach the gospel to myself daily.
I want to quit ignoring my sin. A side-effect of depending on my own goodness is downplaying my sin. In his book, Respectable Sins, Jerry Bridges points out, “the seemingly minor sins we tolerate in our lives do indeed deserve the curse of God.” He goes on to say, “for many morally upright believers, the awareness of personal sin has effectively disappeared from their consciences. But it has not disappeared from the sight of God.”Sometimes quitting is a good thing. A #FridayFive #linkup.Click To Tweet
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