Sometimes I think the reason my pastor starts out every message with a joke is to soften the sting of what’s coming. He’s not condemning, but he’s certainly not one of those guys who preaches love, happiness, and mushiness all the time. He’s not afraid to make us sit up and be convicted.
A few weeks ago, during his message, he was talking about how people give up too easily. He used the illustration of a closed door and how, when confronted with an opportunity that doesn’t work out, people oftentimes say, “Well, God closed that door, so he must not want me to do that.” Too often, he said, we use that as an excuse to not have to work any harder, to make life easier for ourselves.
It didn’t so much convict me as give me a light-bulb moment, like this:
Now I understood why it had never seemed right to me to just quit, even when it looked like God was closing doors and saying, “Um, no, this isn’t for you.”
If I’d stopped when the first door closed, I wouldn’t be married, I wouldn’t be writing, and I wouldn’t be hoping to have more kids. I wouldn’t have anything in my life that gives me great joy and peace right now. But I pushed through, and I’ve seen enough to know that God truly has blessed my life with these things.
Sure, there times when you could definitely take it too far. If doors keeping closing over and over and over in the same areas, you might need to take some hard looks at what you’re trying to do with your life and if it really is what God wants you to do.
But if just one or two doors have closed, I encourage you to keep pushing on. Another opportunity will arise. A window will be found or another door will open. God will reward your dedication.
Don’t let closed doors become excuses.