I just received a letter from Sharon. I had been a little concerned https://jackieosinski.wordpress.com/2013/07/13/wrestling-a-demon-of-rejection/ because it had been two weeks since I had heard from her. Yet I also know that Sharon’s work days are full and she is often too exhausted to write. Sharon is in prison for writing bad checks. When I read her letter she told me she had been struggling with depression.
Sharon is brilliant – masters degree from Purdue and a successful business owner. Sharon was done with alcohol. Then she began drinking a little wine to help her relax. Her addictive personality couldn’t stop at “a little” and she once again went hard-core into drinking. That was when she made the foolish mistake. Now she has a six-year prison sentence.
Sharon is involved with teaching and helps women to earn their college degree while incarcerated. She had been working hard for these women. The problem was she was being overlooked. For working and teaching there should have been some sort of time cut. The supervisors were taking her for granted and passing her by. As much as she tried to correct the situation they ignored her – thus the depression https://jackieosinski.wordpress.com/category/depression-2/page/4/
She was tired of trying to make this work. She just wanted to give up.
Then she said “I finally took a huge stand with the administration about my job and my contribution to their program. I didn’t get nasty or snooty, I just told my boss how I felt and what I knew I deserved.”
Sharon is now getting out next January instead of next October. Had she given up she never would have tasted freedom so soon.
PERSISTENCE IS DIFFICULT.
Persistence takes gumption.
What are you struggling with that feels like it will never change? What relationship, what career, what move, what change are you trying to bring about yet feel discouraged and want to give up? Pray that God will give you the gumption – the drive, the tenacity, the will and the fortitude to be persistent.
God is pulling for you, He is just waiting for you to dust yourself off, pick up the reins and get back in the saddle again.
It’s time to ride.