Skipper Trick #5: Examine the Fight, and Never Give Up

This is first in a series of posts from Skipper Goggans. Be on the lookout for his Tales from the Skipped for bio-data.

Being a skipper is a daunting task.  I’m sure there were times when Jack Whinery felt overwhelmed by the difficulties he faced, but he didn’t give up.  I’m sure the fact that his family’s lives were hanging in the balance gave him some much-needed determination. When it comes to your family, you can think about things in the same way.  Granted, thanks to the welfare state in which we live your chillens probably aren’t going to starve, but the livelihood—the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being—of your wife and kids rides on your stick-to-it-ive-ness.

To prepare for your life-fight, examine it from the outside and gain the will to press on.

To prepare for your life-fight, examine it from the outside and gain the will to press on.

So whether that means working your fingers to the bones in a crappy temporary or starter job, or whether that means suffering sleep deprivation because you’re taking care of a teething baby in the middle of the night so your wife doesn’t have to because you were up already anyway studying to pass the final of the last class you need to complete the undergrad degree you’ve been working on for eight years on nights and weekends while providing for your family (whew!), don’t let the exhaustion beat you.

Refresh your soul with the laughter of your children and the loving balm of your wife’s sweet care for your own needs that will naturally spring out off her gratitude for herd hard work providing for her.  Beg God for strength, wisdom, and discernment (I’m a big fan of the exceptionally eloquent Serenity Prayer) and pursue right relationship with Him and with your wife as doggedly as you work to provide.

Sometimes, you just need a refreshing, 5-cent Coca-cola.

Whether you got married while pursuing your undergrad (like some of us here at the broom factory) or immediately after (like the rest of us), you’ve picked a tough row to hoe, but the joys are well worth it.