If I Should Quit

The poem below was written by the late Charles E. Greenaway, missionary to Africa and Europe in the mid to late 1900’s. I had the privilege of being in a service and listening to one of his powerfully compelling messages shortly after I was married.

I could tell he was a man of insight and wisdom. After the service, he told my husband, “You have a good wife there, take good care of her.”

May his poem’s message encourage you today….

If I Should Quit

If I should quit, what would the gain be? Would the battle be lost? Would I really be free? No, the door would not close, nor the battle cease, because God would have another to stand in the breach if I quit. If I should quit, what would I do? Seek shelter from the heat, forget the cry of the lost? Would I be happy for a time, then find I was through— And spend my time praying for something to do, saying, “God, why did I quit?”

If I should quit, I would find that God had not; the battle would still rage, the church would march on. The wind would keep blowing, the Spirit infilling, only I would be farther and farther behind, unwilling, wondering, “God, why did I quit?”

If I should quit, what could I say to God who called me; and the people who sent me, and the pagan who trusted me to show him the way? And the Spirit’s urging day after day? God, I can’t quit!

If I should quit, let it be when I am dead. Not while I’m alive, nor when I’m dissatisfied, nor when I’m criticized, or minimized, or ostracized, but please, God, let quitting time for me be- When I am dead!

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