This Year: Persevere (1)

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We will reap a harvest if we do not give up
Galatians 6:9

Perseverance means: 1) Succeeding because you're determined to, not because you're entitled to. Achievers don't sit back and wait for success because they think the world 'owes them.' No, if you're wise you'll ask God for direction, stand firm on the word He has given you, go forward and refuse to quit. You must adopt the attitude of the man who said, 'We are determined to win. We'll fight them until hell freezes over, and if we have to, we'll fight them on ice.' Recalling the trials he'd faced, Paul said: '"I started, and I'm going to finish. I've worked much harder, been jailed more often, beaten up more times than I can count, and at death's door...And that's not the half of it"' (2 Corinthians 11:23-28 TM). One word describes Paul; relentless.

2) Recognizing that life is not one long race, but many short ones in succession. Each task has its own challenges and each day its own events. You have to get out of bed the next morning and run again, but it's never exactly the same race. To be successful you must keep plugging away. It's said that Columbus faced incredible difficulties while sailing west in search of a passage to Asia. He encountered storms, experienced hunger, deprivation and extreme discouragement. The crews of his three ships were near mutiny. But his account of the journey says the same thing over and over: "Today, we sailed on." And his perseverance paid off. He didn't discover a fast route to the spice-rich Indies; instead he found new continents. The scriptural key to success is running the race each day (Hebrews 12:1-2). So, this year; persevere.

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Comments

Sister Angie said…
Pressing on with you. So thankful too that He who began the good work will carry it through to completion. I only have a little strength, but Daddy God is mighty and faithful to see me through.
SuzyQ said…
I love this part...
"Recognizing that life is not one long race, but many short ones in succession. Each task has its own challenges and each day its own events."
It reminds me of the part in the psalm which says " He enlarges my steps"
He gives the heavenly "manna" of grace and strength for the day at hand (sometimes just the moment at hand ;0).
It can all seem so overwhelming if I don't do it just one step at a time, trusting that he is "enlarging my steps" as I go.
Great Post :0) Lot's to reflect on.
Photo Cache said…
A blessed 2009 to you and yours and may it be filled with peace and prosperity.
GrandmaK said…
"Recognizing that life is not one long race, but many short ones in succession. Each task has its own challenges and each day its own events." I personally find this statement a true reality. This is just the way my life has been and I suspect it will continue to be so. The grace in this is that I recognize it. What a gift you have given me.
Lourisa said…
Encouraging post. Thank you. Today I sailed on too.
Pietro said…
Two very important points, Mike.
Thanks for sharing them.
gaz said…
a belated happy new year to you sir.
and amen to this my friend.
Steve said…
An excellent message for the start of the year, and so relevant.
THANKS!!!
deena said…
Perseverence,perserverence,perseverence!Just how many times have we cracked up.Very encouraging post.