I knew it was time.
So I did.
When one says, “I give up.”, what does that in fact mean?
That I quit?
That I no longer wish or care to try?
That the end result of which I have hoped would happen will never come to pass?
To contrast…the phrase, “I give in.”.
To me, that is the statement of one who no longer has the fight within their soul to continue to fight.
They simply cannot continue.
So, I went to the words of Christ at the end of his earthly life.
I wanted to see if he, the Messiah, the Son of God, used the word “up” or “in”.
His last three words as a man before he died were, “It is finished.”
Those were the last words of Jesus prior to his death.
In the gospel of John it is the next phrase that caused me to pause and think.
It says, “And He bowed His head and gave “up” His spirit.
Not gave “in” His spirit.
Those who give up are saying to themselves and to others that I no longer wish to pursue my own desires.
I no longer wish to pursue that which brings me pleasure or happiness, but that I give up everything that I have held from You, (God), everything.
Only those of courage, those with a burning passion for God and a compassion for people give up.
They never “give in”.
So, I agree, let each of us “give up.”
It is a significant act.
And in the case of Jesus, and ours as well…
…a historically significant act.
I give up.