There’s Another Choice Besides Giving Up

I know how it feels to want to give up.

Especially on those days when we want to throw our arms up in the air and yell “I can’t take this anymore!”,  just like I expressed I experienced in my Proverbs 31 devotion today.  Days when we want to crawl under the covers and hide from the world. Days when we secretly wish we could run away from our life and begin living someone else’s life; someone whose life seems more easy to love than our own. Days when trying to keep a smile in our heart and on our face seems like an impossible task. Days when we just can’t find a single reason to feel joyful, even if there are plenty, much less muster up the strength to even try. Days when we’re just tired from the fight.

Maybe this is where you find yourself today, and if so, don’t take another step until you look up to God instead of around to your problems. These are the days when you are going to need to God-up with all the strength you have in Him.

Ever heard the term man-up? It basically just means to be brave and courageous, or to tough it out when an unpleasant situation pops up.  It means don’t quit or give up, but instead keep pushing through.

The term ‘God-up’ means to do exactly the same thing except do it in the power of Jesus Christ alone.

Trying to just man-up (or woman-up) and do life in our own power will always lead to discouragement, exhaustion, burnout and sometimes hopelessness. But when we are at our weakest, God is at His strongest, as we’re told in 2 Corinthians 12:9a which says. “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” (MSG)

If you’ve been feeling like giving up, will you take a deep breath today and adjust your focus? Intentionally look at what God has done in your life, rather than what you feel He has not done yet. Commit to trust Him, instead of doubt His ways.  Surrender your burdens and stop trying to fix everything on your own or wishing that you could. Instead, refocus on trusting the only One who actually can.

It’s okay to feel mad at God for a time, rant about our feelings and frustrations. It’s okay to feel unfairly treated by life and desperate to see God do something. It’s okay to doubt if God cares about what we’re going through. It’s okay to feel sad, to mourn or to grieve. In fact, it’s okay to not be in love with our life every moment. It’s even okay to feel like giving up. All these are natural, human emotions. But it’s not okay to stay stuck in that mindset. It is also possible to be filled with peace and joy that surpasses understanding and to find the strength to keep pushing forward, through the power of Jesus within us.

Giving up doesn’t get us anywhere, in fact, it keeps us stuck in the place and the mindset that is causing us to want to give up. What will bring change into our lives is intentionally determining to God-up instead of give up.

Look up to God. Seek His face. Ask for joy and hope. And get ready to receive them.


If you need some motivation to God-up and not give up, you might consider purchasing my book Unsinkable Faith: God-Filled Strategies for Transforming the Way You Think, Feel and Live. We can’t always change our circumstances but we can always change how we think about them. We can always change our mind and ask God to change our heart.  I’d love to walk alongside you in your journey to find joy again. Click here for more information.


  1. Trionne on Friday, September 29, 2017 at 9:23 am

    Thank you so very much for this Spirit filled devotion. It was what I needed to hear at this particular point. Counting our blessings is so much more important than numbering our problems.

    • Mike on Friday, September 29, 2017 at 10:25 am

      Thanks so much Tracie for the encouraging words. I know your blog basically deals with women issues but I’m sure you realize men often go through emotional discomfort while facing life’s many problems as well. Meaning up is sometimes difficult to do.
      I’m in a similar set of circumstances as you were when your relationship broke down which seems to have given you s ton of insight.
      Just curious do you do any one on one counselling. If so I that would be something I would be interested in perusing.
      Thanks for the inspiring blogs!

  2. Susan on Friday, September 29, 2017 at 9:47 am

    Thank you so much for the devotion today. It is just what I needed to hear. I thank God for using people like you to give us just what we need for our soul to hear.

  3. Cindy on Friday, September 29, 2017 at 10:10 am

    The timing of this was certainly from God since just last night I said in prayer I can’t take anymore of this. Thank you!

  4. Veronica on Friday, September 29, 2017 at 10:27 am

    Thank you! I had already made the decision to give up. I told God it’s been long enough that I have waited on you. But after reading this I understand that even though I feel like it’s been long enough without change. It truly is up to him to know when that change will come.

  5. susan on Friday, September 29, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    Thank you for the devotional today – it’s where I’m at exactly – saying I’m not sure I can take any more. It seems like lately there are more problems than there are hours in the day, and it feels like there’s no way to resolve them to everyone’s satisfaction. Praying for resolution to my family’s problems, and praying for you in whatever you’re going thru at this time that got you to that point as well.

  6. Shelia on Monday, October 2, 2017 at 11:25 am

    This is awesome. Thanks so much for sharing. This is more than encouragement and inspiration for me today, it’s also confirmation.

  7. Jessica Orika on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 3:12 am

    The caption alone got me thanking God for sending His Word. I received a sad news this morning but I know that Jesus is alive. Giving up is not an option. As long as I believe, Jesus will take care of it all. God bless you

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