My last year of senior high school, year twelve, was so stressful and demanding that I fell ill many times as the year progressed. Time and again I wanted to quit, leave school, give up my dream of going to university and be content with second best.
However, one thing that helped me persevere was a scene in the movie Star Wars.
Towards the end of the film, we see the Rebel fighter pilots launching a near suicidal attack upon the evil Death Star space station. In one scene, three Rebel Y-Wings are rocketing down a trench during a torpedo attack run on the Death Star’s reactor. Imperial Tie Fighters were on their tail, trying to destroy them. One pilot kept panicking that they weren’t going to make it, that they were going to die. But the leader, older, and more mature, just kept answering calmly, “Stay on target.”
So throughout year twelve, whenever I felt like throwing in the towel and giving up, I would say to myself, “Stay on target.”
The Bible tells us to persevere when times get tough, to be an over comer, to let nothing stop us from following Jesus and completing the race He has set before us. The Bible tells us to “Stay on target.”
Blessed are those who persevere under trial, because when they have stood the test, they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. James 1:12
‘I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.’ Philippians 3:14
So if we are having one of those bad days and we lament, “It’s too hard, I can’t do this - I want to give up!” we can fix our eyes upon Jesus, rely upon His strength and say, “Stay on target.” The goal is an abundant life in Christ – both now and for eternity.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10
All verses from the NIV.