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Wednesday, November 7, 2012 Committing Instead of Quitting

There is no doubt that America is enduring a difficult time right now. Along with the economic recession and high tension in the Middle East, America has seen a great moral decline over the last few years.

As a Christian and an American, it’s often easy to grow discouraged over America’s present situation and tempting to “give up” on America’s future.This morning, a man, who has seen his share of adversity, gave my student body some much needed encouragement in convocationTim Lee found himself in a fire fight in Vietnam and lost both of his legs, when a land mine exploded.

Tim Lee is an American hero.
(Photo by Kevin Manguiob/Liberty University)

For months, Lee struggled for his life in an amputee ward. He said that he has never seen as much bitterness and hate as he saw there. Some of the men chose to give up and lost their lives as a result, but Lee chose to never give up or become bitter over his situation.

Choosing not to quit and trusting God allowed Lee to survive the horrific days following his injury. He encouraged me and my classmates to face America’s hardships in the same way. “Don’t be a quitter but be a committer,” he said.

Lee stated that true hope for America will only come through the Lord and encouraged us to pray for revival.  He read 2 Corinthians 7:14, which says, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

"Don't be a quitter, but be a committer!" (Photo Courtesy of Liberty University)

As our nation endures a difficult time, it is easy to focus on the negatives and to forget that we serve a God, who has the power to heal a nation. Lee’s message was one of hope and not of failure. A hope that America will see a revival and that the best days of our nation’s history still lie ahead.

Lee took a white towel and threw it onto the stage. “Don’t throw in the towel!” he said. Don’t give up on America’s future! The war hero then grabbed a red Liberty rally towel and waved it in the air. “Take up your towel!” he said. The thousands of students in the Vines Center stood to their feet and applauded as the man, who gave his legs for our country, continued to wave the towel in the air.

The message was clear. As America endures a difficult time; we must seek God’s face, pray for revival, and work harder than ever before. The hardship that America is enduring isn’t easy and can be discouraging, but, like Tim Lee said, “Don’t be a quitter, but be a committer.”

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