Never, Never, Never Quit

graduation-cap-3430710_1920“Never, Never, Never Quit.” -Winston Churchill I have this quote sitting where I can see it every day. Today I’m happy about the things that I felt like quitting, but didn’t. There are so many quotes to support Winston Churchill’s statement. “It’s always darkest before the dawn.” “Rain produces flowers.” “There is no rainbow without some rain.” I’m not going to say that I’ve never quit anything, but today I am happy about the things I did not quit.

One event that comes to mind is getting my undergraduate degree. I began this journey in 1976 – about 10 years late – at LaSalle University. The journey was taking forever, so around 1992 when I was half-way through the journey, I transferred my credits to Cabrini College and enrolled in an 18-month accelerated program. In month 17 of the program, life happened and I was forced to drop out of the program. In 2009 – 16 years later – I picked up the baton again and completed my degree requirements through the University of Phoenix. It was a journey that took more than 30 years to complete what many have completed in 4 years or less. The length of time that it took does not diminish the accomplishment. My joy today is that I didn’t give up.

Do you have a dream that you’ve been putting off? It’s never too late to begin. Dreams do not come with a specific deadline. As long has you are still passionate, the dream continues to live. Completing that dream of getting my degree helped me to realize my dream of starting my own business. Remember, we are not limited to one dream. Getting my degree helped me to realize that it’s never too late to start. The tragedy is never beginning. If you’re thinking you’re too old or inexperienced; if you’re stuck on, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” don’t let that stop you. If you’re afraid of failing, remember that you haven’t failed until/unless you stop trying. Life is too short. Tomorrow isn’t promised. Your dream awaits you. Never, never, never quit!

By Lorraine Castle

Rev. Cynthia Jackson is the administrator of the Rhema4U Blog and the Program Manager of Innovations Ministries. Rev. Jackson is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was licensed and ordained under the tutelage of Bishop David G. Evans. She is an associate minister at Bethany Baptist Church located in Lindenwold, New Jersey. Rev. Jackson founded Innovations Ministries in 2001. Innovations Ministries provides dynamic and innovative programs and services for individuals and families dealing with various health-related issues. She is a gifted teacher, preacher, conference speaker and writer. God has anointed Rev. Jackson to be a spiritual midwife with a passion to empower others to birth God's vision for their lives. Rev. Jackson holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Organizational Management from Eastern University, a Master of Science Degree in Health Administration from Saint Joseph's University and a Master of Science Degree in Christian Counseling from Cairn University. Reverend Jackson resides in Clementon, New Jersey.

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