u-turn-44323_640Last month, after buying and watching the second installment of The Hobbit movie, my youngest son and I indulged our fascination with Middle Earth by watching the Lord of the Rings trilogy again. Right in the middle of the tale, a single message wound around my heart and gave me new determination to press on toward my own goals.

At the end of The Two Towers movie, Sam reminded a weary Frodo about the many stories they heard as children. Stories of incredible darkness where heroes rose up to turn the tide. Sam said there were always many chances for those heroes to give up and turn back, but somehow they kept going forward. Why? Because there was good in the world worth fighting for and with the end in mind, they pressed on. So, these two travelers wondered what future storytellers would say about them … and continued their journey.

At the same time, in a different area of Middle Earth, Merry and Pippin faced a similar decision point when offered the chance to go home to the Shire … until they realized that if they gave up the fight and evil won, there would be no Shire left as they knew it. Their decision led them into the heart of the battle, but they didn’t give up. As the movie continued, other characters came face to face with severe opposition and made their own decision to continue to the fight.

[Tweet “Find something worth fighting for, and then press on. via @CandeeFick”]

Over the past several weeks, I’ll admit that I had reached a similar decision point. Overwhelmed by the demands of my day job, I struggled to balance multiple responsibilities. A busy baseball schedule, typical household chores, and writing for a missions blog were overshadowed by personal health concerns and adjusting to family changes like a son getting his driver’s license and a special-needs daughter transitioning to adulthood. Lost in the middle were my personal writing goals.

Want to give up? I did. But what lesson did Sam share with Frodo? Find something worth fighting for, and then press on. What did I find to keep me pressing forward? I remembered my personal mission statement. Faith first, then family, with fiction last. So I put one foot in front of the other and pressed on with a fresh focus on the things that mattered most today and left the other battles for another day.

No turning back

What about you? Have you ever been tempted to quit? What kept you pressing forward? What story will others tell about your journey?

No Turning Back
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