When All Looks Lost, Keep Going

“My brothers and sisters, you will face all kinds of trouble. When you do, think of it as pure joy. Your faith will be put to the test. You know that when that happens it will produce in you the strength to continue. The strength to keep going must be allowed to finish its work. Then, you will be all you should be. You will have everything you need.”
James‬ ‭1:2-4‬ ‭NIRV‬‬

In 1943, Louis Zamperini, a former Olympic track star, survived a plane crash over the Pacific Ocean during WW2 that killed all but 3 people onboard. Over the next 47 days, he and his fellow survivors drifted with barely any food or drinkable water. One would perish, leaving Louis and another. When they were finally found starving and dying, they were not found by friends. Instead, they were found by the enemy becoming Japanese prisoners of war for almost 3 years; suffering unspeakable acts against their humanity and spirit. Louis’ story is a great story of perseverance and forgiveness.

As I read Louis’ biography, I asked myself, “How much can he take?” He asked himself that very question countless times. In life, we all have asked or will ask ourselves this same question at some point or another in some regard. We may also ask ourselves, “How can I keep going?” The answer for Louis was found in his relationship with Christ.

There were many times Louis wanted to give up, i.e. while stranded at sea or as he was abused as a prisoner. However, Louis never did. Why? Because Louis trusted in His Savior more than he trusted himself. He knew that everything was happening to grow and strengthen him. He knew there were lessons behind every trial. All he had to do was face each day and let God do the rest. What are you facing that has caused you to ask questions like Louis? Regardless of what it is, please know that you are being perfected and you’re not alone. Every trial you face is growing you and strengthening your faith even if it doesn’t feel like it. So even when all looks lost, don’t give up, keep going, and don’t ever quit. Face tomorrow and trust God to handle the rest.

I would be remiss on this Good Friday if I also didn’t point out that once, it also looked as if all was lost on a hill called Calvary. The sky darkened, horrific torture had taken place, and Jesus’ beaten, bruised but unbroken body of Jesus hung on a cross. If ever there was a moment in history that all seemed lost, it was then. To His mother and His followers, everything hoped for was now gone. But yet, God had a plan. A redemptive plan that showed all was not lost with His resurrection. The real story had just begun.

As we remember Christ this day and reflect on Luis’ story, keep this in mind. For those that love and know Christ, there is always a to be continued.

Walk with Him,

Published by Shaniqua Rischer

Passionate, Loving, Loyal, Engaging, Obedient, and Direct are words often used to describe Shaniqua Rischer. However, the words she loves to be known for the most are Christian and daughter of the Most High God. Shaniqua has always been the type of person to ask why. She learned to never rely solely on the answer given, but to delve deeper and to question what she was told and taught. She approached her relationship with Christ as she would any person she met – she started talking and asking why. Through intimate prayer and conversations with God, she gained a clearer understanding of the struggles many Christians face. The struggles include the responsibility of being called Christian; knowing what we are supposed to do, but too afraid to act or not knowing how to break free of the bondage that holds us captive. She has discovered a love unlike anything she has ever known, experienced favor that can only come from the Lord, and discovered what it means to finally let her guard down and let God be the center of her life. The result has been the metamorphosis of a person that dares to be extraordinary and move beyond fear to faith. While on a mission trip to Kenya in 2009, her global vision was formed to impact others. As a result, At The Cross Global Ministries, a para-ministry whose focus in on local and global outreach, was founded. Shaniqua shares her experiences and lessons of faith in a direct and open manner, full of compassion, challenge, and optimism. She dedicates her life to being the hands and feet of Christ, and to date, she has led and served on seven global mission teams. She is a sought after speaker and has published two books, “Living A Fake Life For A Real God” and “God-Morning! Sixty Mornings With God”; she is currently working on her third book to be published summer 2019. Additgionally, she is a licensed minister and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from The University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Arts Degree in Christian Education from Dallas Baptist University.

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