I found this poem earlier today written by Edgar A. Guest, a prolific English-born American poet who was very popular in the first half of the 20th century. I felt it to fit perfectly with the message I was trying to communicate about never giving up on someone.
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I had to make a few changes to the poem in order for it fit, however it was just so beautiful that I had to use it.
When things go wrong for someone you know,
When the road their traveling just seems to be all up hill,
When they have no funds and their debts are high
And you want to smile at them, but first you sigh,
When your constant prayers and care are pressing you down,
Rest if you must, but don’t you give up on them.
Life is strange with its wild ups and downs,
As every one of us seems to learn,
And many failures always turn about.
When they might just have won had we just stuck it out;
Don’t give up though the pace seems too slow–
You may help them succeed with just another blow,
Success is failure turned inside out–
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close they are,
It may be so near when it seems far away;
So stick to the fight when someone you know has had their hardest hit–
It’s when things seem the worst that you just can’t quit.
Whether it be a love, friend, sinner, child, or parent, we must never give up on them. Nothing could be worse than the fear that you might have given up to soon. Everyone gives up on people, it’s the easiest thing to do, but when we do not give up or grow weary we are able to witness an amazing harvest in someone’s life.
Galatians 6:9 – Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
Is this for you?
Who have you given up on?