Almost gave up

Published: 2 June 2006 | 11 comments

There is no failure except in no longer trying.—Elbert Hubbard

When I started this blog, I knew it wasn’t going to be easy. I am not the greatest writer and I though my mind is filled with wonderful things I could share, it’s hard at times to put those into words. Just this past week I wasn’t really satisfied with how things were going with God’s Porch. Posts have been scarce (though at times for good reason) and were probably not as good as I would have liked them to be. I thought about packing it up, stop blogging and maybe turning the site into something else like a portfolio instead. But that just didn’t seem to make sense to me. God’s Porch != Portfolio (maybe a sub-domain but not a portfolio only site). So what then?

I started this site out of a desire to put my love for web design to good use but then figured I could use that talent for God. The primary focus would be to encourage others and share His Word. That goal hasn’t changed but I don’t think I have delivered fully on that promise. In essence I felt as if I had failed. But after reading that quote I realised that I would have only failed if I had given up. Paul says,

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”—2 Timothy 4:7

I know it’s going to be tough and that things won’t always go the way I thought they would/should but I’m going to keep on fighting and keep on trying. I’ve got a race to finish and I intend to finish it and I most certainly am going to continue to keep trusting God, that he will take me through it. But this doesn’t only apply to blogging and this website (it never should) but to my life on a whole as Christian.

So if there is anyone else out there right now who is feeling as if they are a failure or if you feel like giving up, I encourage you not to give up. You are not a failure. Keep on fighting, keep on persevering, keep on trusting God. He is your rock, your fortress and your deliverer. He is your shield and ever present help and strength. He isn’t going to give up on you, so don’t give up on Him.

May the Lord continue to bless you and strengthen you. May His will be done in your life and may he grant you success in all that you do. May he continually fill you with his love, patience and kindness and an increasing desire to be more like His son Jesus.

Take care, God bless!



gravatar Robert — 2 June 2006

Yannick, each of us go through trials such as yours in the same area or different area’s of life.

God has a purpose for you, not to harm you but to prosper you. This reminds of the picture of footsteps, where there are two sets, then only one. The man asks Jesus, why did you leave me there all alone? Jesus said, I didn’t leave you, that one set of footprints was where I was carrying you.

gravatar Yannick (Author) — 2 June 2006

Thank you so much Robert for your encouraging words. They mean a whole lot. May God continue to work through you and may he bless your family also.

gravatar Brian — 2 June 2006

Thanks, Yannick. This was a good word for me today.

gravatar Chris Harrison — 2 June 2006

Yannick, time gets the best of all of us. Don’t be hard on yourself if you don’t post as often as you like – none of us will hold it against you. God bless you.

gravatar Yannick (Author) — 3 June 2006

Brian: I’m happy it was a good word for you. Blessings on you and your church. I’ve always enjoyed your posts and they have been encouraging to me to see what God is doing through you.

Chris: Yup it sure does. Thanks for the blessing. May he bless you also.

gravatar Shawn Anthony — 3 June 2006

Yannick, you are an inspiration my friend. Inspiration never fails, nor can it. You have no idea what might happen or who you may have touched with this post. Sometimes we are actually succeeding when it feels so much like we are failing. One never knows the full extent and effect of their own influence. Keep on keeping on Yannick.

gravatar Yannick (Author) — 4 June 2006

Shawn: You rock man. Thanks for the words of encouragement. I will definitely keep on keeping on. You do the same.

gravatar Mithrill — 4 June 2006

Nice post Yannick. There is no need to worry because I can tell you’re concerned with pleasing the Lord. As long as you don’t let go of that things are going to be alright. I’m not a great writer either, but I post what I can hoping to reach out to some people. Don’t be concerned about impressing people with your writing style or number of posts, just keep up the work of showing God’s love.

gravatar Yannick (Author) — 5 June 2006

Thanks Mithrill, yeah I think for a moment I lost sight of why I’m doing this and who this is all for.

Peace and God Bless.

gravatar Artjom — 8 June 2006

Thanks Yannick for being honest and open about yourself. Definitely made me appreciate the small things. Blessings!

gravatar Holmes — 16 June 2006

Yann – You have no idea how many times you have used God’s word to lift from the depths of a stuggle and to motivate me to do MY best. I appreciate the friendship that we have created even though there is a very large nation separating where we live. It has been a while since I visited your site but it seems that this was meant to be. Once again I am in the midst of one of my back and forth battles within myself. “am I doing the right thing? what has brought me to this point in my life? is this decision best for my family?” Your post was simply inspirational and without trying you have given me the push that I needed. I obviously stopped by your site for a reason today and this post was it.

God bless you Yannick and as someone else stated, keep on keeping on cause you are helping others with this site. You are a man of God and He is lucky to have you here assisting Him.

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