This is Markus, the German intern, and this time it is my turn to write a blog. I want to tell you all a story about how I got my driver’s license and my hope is that it will encourage some of you through the hard times!
Things in life are not always easy. There have been times in my life where I wanted to give up. This year when I turned 18, I was finally old enough to get my drivers’ license after all of my lessons and trainings. So I told all my friends and went in to take my driving test. I was so excited I even put it on snapchat for EVERYONE to see. But, things didn’t work out the way I wanted them to.
When I took the test, I had to come to a hard, fast stop while going about 20 mph. I was supposed to check my mirrors and turn my blinker on to show other drivers that I would start driving again. But, because I didn’t do that, I failed.
The second time I took the test, I didn’t pass because I drove too fast around a curve. So, I went back to the driving school and took more driving lessons and continued practicing with an instructor. After all that, I took the test a third time, but failed yet again.
I knew what I was doing, but because I was so nervous I psyched myself out all 3 times. Because my nerves were so bad, I had to go to the doctor so that I could get medicine to help with my anxiety. I so wanted to just quit. It shouldn’t have been this hard. My friends were succeeding and I just kept failing. I felt like I was dumb. I did not feel good about myself, and I blamed others as well. It had cost my family over $3,000 for these failures because getting a driver’s license is so expensive in Germany.
Despite all of my shortcomings and failures, my parents supported me through it all. My dad told me that I would get knocked down a lot in life, but it only mattered how many times I got back up. So, I prepared for another round with the driving test.
On the fourth time I tested, I finally passed. I was so relieved. Because I was so embarrassed about failing the other times. I had told everyone about the other times but the fourth time I kept it secret. My failures were starting to make me doubt myself and doubt God, because I had prayed about it so much. People in church were praying for me. I shouldn’t have even passed the test the fourth time, but the driving tester was very nice and overlooked some minor faults.
I tell you all of this to tell you that you should never, ever give up. People will tell you that you should give up, but God is telling you to keep fighting. Satan will try and to knock you down, but God is building you up. It is hard when you are going through the struggles but once you get to the good side, then you can see that your hard work has paid off.
You should never give up, especially if you’re having a dream or a passion for your own life. I always had the dream to preach and to teach other people about the Word of God with passion. It is something that I can’t really describe, but I definitely know that God has put it in my heart and that is something I want and will chase in my life. However, it hasn’t been easy so far chasing this dream and there have been a lot of times where I wanted to just quit.
But it is important to remember God’s promises that he has for us.
The bible tells us in 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.”
Jesus never said that things will be easy in your life, yet he said that he will be always on your side and never leave you if you follow him. Even when things look bad, keep fighting, because God is on your side. Jesus said in John 16:33, “… In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Jesus has already won the battle with the world. We don’t have to do it, we must only have faith that God will work these hard times out.
Our best answer to the struggles is Jesus.
Our only hope is Jesus.