Giving up Isn't an Option. The Towel is Not Yours to Throw
I’ve never seen a boxer throw in the towel himself, it has been the trainer who throws it in for him. The towel is not the boxer’s to throw. If he had possession of it he’d discharge it too early. The trainer holds the towel because he understands that the boxer’s assessment of his limitations gets skewed when he’s being pummeled and knocked senseless. He will want to end the pain and surrender to what feels like a match he can’t possibly win. But the trainer knows the core of the boxer and has greater perspective from where he’s standing. He monitors the eyes and face, the footwork, the movements of the shoulders and arms, the exasperated breaths, even the blows. Not just of his boxer but also of the one he’s in the ring with. And he foresees a victory ahead! We have a trainer: God. He knows your mess and circumstances. He’s heard the cries and cupped the tears. He knows what keeps you up at night. And he knows you’re thinking of giving up. Remember that he knows your very core—what will make you and what will break you. Sometimes he breaks you while he makes you. If God hasn’t thrown in the towel on you, don’t throw it in on yourself. You’re in training for one of the biggest victories of your life!