Disappointment is nothing but a premature conclusion, causing you to stop reading before the story’s end. (Ann Spangler, award-winning author)

Spangler’s comment can be a valuable reminder to all of us when we reach that familiar moment when we feel like a failure and there’s no reason to continue. In reality, it may be that we just stopped too soon. A few more days, a little more effort or persistence in the difficult moments could bring the end we’ve hoped for and dissipate any lingering frustration.

Always continue to fear the Lord. You will be rewarded for this; your hope will not be disappointed. Prov. 23:17-18).