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Don’t Quit

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”1 


Ignacy Jan Paderewski, the famous pianist, was scheduled to perform at a great concert hall in America. It was a high-society extravaganza. Present in the audience that evening was a mother and her fidgety nine-year old. She had brought him in the hopes that when he heard the great composer play, he would be encouraged to practice. 


As the mother turned to talk with some friends, he slipped away and was strangely drawn to the grand Steinway piano on the platform. Staring wide-eyed at the keys the boy sat on the stool; placed his small fingers on the keys and began to play “Chopsticks.” The roar of the crowd came to a hush as frowning faces pointed in his direction. Someone began to shout, “Get that boy away from there!” “Where is his mother?” Somebody get that kid.” 


Backstage the master composer overheard the sounds out front. He quickly realized what was happening and hurried toward the stage. Without one word of announcement, he stooped over behind the boy, reached around on both sides, and began to improvise a countermelody to harmonize with and enhance “Chopsticks.” As they played together, the composer kept whispering in the boy’s ear, “Keep going; don’t quit. Keep playing; don’t stop. Don’t quit….”2 


It is the same for us as we work for the Lord. Our playing of “Chopsticks” may not be impressing anyone, and they may try to discourage us from continuing. But when we start feeling like giving up and listening to the crowd, we hear the Master say, “Keep going; don’t stop; don’t give up.” When we are serving the Lord with all our heart, and living in obedience to His Word, it doesn’t matter what others may say or think. God will uphold us, strengthen us, and help us keep going. Disappointments can turn into victories when the Master steps in and begins to play the countermelody. 


Suggested prayer: Dear God, thank you that I am never alone. I am not perfect and may not be the best at a lot of things, but I ask that you help me serve you wholeheartedly and trust that you will be my strength and help me continue moving forward despite the opposition. I ask that you use me to bring glory to you. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. In Jesus’ name, amen.” 


  1. 1. Isaiah 41:10 (NIV).  

  1. 2. Charles Swindoll, “Don’t Quit,” Stories for the Heart compiled by Alice Gray (Sisters Oregon:    Multnomah Books, 1996) p. 39-40. 

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