Keep on Keeping On

Before I go any further, I must note that any time I write the phrase, “keep on keeping on” I say it in my head with a southern accent.

 I just thought you should know.

Anyway, years ago I was sitting through some type of orientation or something. Ok, I have no idea what it was but it’s completely irrelevant to this post anyway. All I know is I was at SAGU in Waxahachie, TX (hence the southern drawl) and one of the profs was speaking.

His topic?

Keep on keeping on.

I don’t remember anything else he said. He just kept repeating “keep on keeping on” over and over again. I remember joking about it with my friends because it seemed silly… and annoyingly redunant. I felt like the guy wasn’t saying anything at all.

Boy, was I wrong!

At 19 years of age, a student aspiring to be a minister and, ultimately, “change the world”, I had no idea that I would find it difficult to “keep on keeping on” at times.

I had no clue that there would come a time in my life that I would be so disappointed, hurt and broken that the last thing I wanted to do was “keep on keeping on”. I never would have believed it if someone told me there would be many days that I wanted to throw in the towel and a few (very few, of course) that I would want to throw a “finger” to the world. (So, I’m not perfect… secret’s out!)

Like I said, I have no idea what the guy was talking about other than “keep on keeping on”. Perhaps he shared that some people would judge us and feel the need to tell us everything we did “wrong”.

Did he know that some of us would have friends turn their backs on us in our most difficult times? Maybe he warned that we too, ministry students, could fall prey to sin and temptation.

I don’t know. All I know is he said “keep on keeping on” and I probably should have listened. Instead I laughed at him.

But now I know that I need to “keep on keeping on”.

What does that mean, anyway?

To me, it’s just foward motion. No matter what circumstance you may find yourself against, just move forward. It may be the slightest of steps. It may even be a crawl. Who cares? As long as it’s forward. There have been times in my life when “forward” simply meant picking myself off the ground.

Don’t lose site of your goal, whatever it may be. Don’t allow your dreams to become marred by disappointments and doubt.

Keep on keeping on and eventually you’ll get there.

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