Our country’s history is full of stories of bravery, perseverance, determination, and a no-quit attitude.  From John Paul Jones on the high seas exclaiming, “I have not yet begun to fight,” to General McAuliffe’s World War II reply when the Germans called for an American surrender at the Battle of the Bulge, “Nuts,” our military heroes have understood the importance of finishing, not quitting.  But perhaps no one said it any better than Lt. Col. William Travis at the Alamo.  “I shall never surrender or retreat.  Then, I call on you in the name of Liberty, of patriotism and everything dear to the American character, to come to our aid with all dispatch.  The enemy is receiving reinforcements daily and will no doubt increase to three or four thousand in four or five days.  If this call is neglected, I am determined to sustain myself as long as possible and die like a soldier who never forgets what is due to his own honor and that of his country.  Victory or Death.”  These men and many more knew that quitting was not an option.  And many, like the defenders of the Alamo, gave their lives believing that.  I was reminded of all this last weekend as I read a prayer letter from one of our missionaries where he made the statement that “we need to consider the eternal cost of quitting.”  I think as believers we may often consider eternity from several angles, but have we ever truly contemplated the eternal cost of quitting?  Quitting means service to our Lord never rendered.  Lives never impacted for Christ.  Blessings never experienced.  Churches never strengthened.  Testimonies to God’s grace never spoken.  The “eternal cost of quitting.”  It’s sure something to think about.  Quitting was not an option for Colonel Travis; for him it truly was victory or death.  And quitting must not be an option for us, because, for us, it should be nothing but “thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”  So stay true!