A page from Action 2000 by Fr Mark Link, sj.:
"Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus... He did not give up because of the cross! ... So do not let yourselves become discouraged and give up." -- Hebrews 12:2-3
There's a dance in the movie Funny Face in which Fred Astaire knocks a top hat off his head with a cane and catches it on his heel. That trick looks so easy on the screen. But it took 30 tries before the camera.
When Astaire picked up his hat the 29th time, we can imagine the film director saying, "Let's give up that idea!" But Astaire wasn't made that way. Nothing could make him give up on an idea if he thought it was worth doing.
What keeps me going in times of trial and discouragement? Speak to Jesus about what kept him going in such times.
Many people have thrown up their hands at a time when a little more effort and a little more patience would have achieved success." -- Elbert Hubbard (slightly adapted)