Wednesday Words: Perseverance

Sitting in the woods with my children is always an enjoyable time. My nine and ten year old have ventured with me on several different occasions. They enjoy sitting, watching, and sharing stories. Taking food and snacks are also highlights. It is the time together and the experience that is enjoyable. The time spent with them in the woods is priceless and brief. We haven’t yet made a entire day yet. I never force them to stay longer than they want to yet I will nudge or ask for a little longer each time. As they get a little cold or tired, the desire to go home is easily pursued. I am thankful for the opportunities they travel into the woods with me and we are working on staying a little longer each time. We are trying to build and learn perseverance.

As we continue to navigate life, a unique semester, and other situations/circumstances perseverance is a trait, an attitude we are learning to understand and apply. When class assignments and projects are worked on until completion, we understand perseverance. Balancing work, classes, and relationships requires perseverance. How can we sustain an attitude of perseverance?

When learning a new skill, the desire for growth and some level of success will determine how much effort we give. If we give up early on then perhaps we did not enjoy the learning process or maybe we didn’t take enough time. There could be other life circumstance as well that prevented us from developing the skill. Perseverance requires emotional strength, mental fortitude, and a desire not to give up. Being intentional about understanding the why will help us persevere.

Colossians 3:23-24, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”

The mindset Paul outlines in the previous scripture is a reminder we all need. I am reminded daily and try to provide the message to my children. Working and serving the Lord should be our ‘why’. Understanding we are called to honor God with our lives will enable us to persevere as disciples of Christ.

This year has taught all of us about perseverance as challenges were faced. Our effort and desire was tested. I’m sure there were times or moments for each of us that perseverance was not present. The strength that God provides in us and through us will sustain an attitude of perseverance as we follow Christ. Learning to keep on keeping on as we journey a life of discipleship is necessary. It is easy to give up sometimes especially when struggles, trials, and brokenness enter our lives. May we press on and be encouraged to persevere with God’s strength in every aspect of our lives as we are serving the Lord.

1st Timothy 4:16, “Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.”

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