It is a great part of Christian wisdom, in evangelical work, to recognize the right time to give up efforts which have been fruitless.  Much strength is wasted and many hearts depressed by obstinate continuance in such methods or on such fields as have cost much effort and yielded no fruit.  We often call it faith when it is only pride which prevents the acknowledgement of failure.  Better to learn the lessons taught by providence and to try a new claim than to keep on digging and washing when we only find sand and mud.  God teaches us by failures as well as by successes.  Let us not be too conceited to learn the lesson or to confess defeat and shift our ground accordingly. – Alexander Maclaren (1826-1910), from a meditation on Acts 18.1-11)

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