Lately I've been thinking about persistence & perseverance..the concept of finishing strong and holding on until the end. There's such a joy in accomplishment after knowing you went through tough times and held on through the obstacles and trials. At this point in the year, I find myself thinking on what I want to accomplish in the next few months, and persistence is a necessary component in this process.
A somewhat small example of this comes to mind when thinking on persistence. I've recently gotten into taking Pure Barre fitness classes, which happen to be rather intense, and have discovered that you'll reach a point when you're working so hard that muscles are quivering, feel like they're on fire, and it seems as though you've hit a wall in your strength. At this point it is tempting to give up, to say "hm, I'll just relax a second or two or just wait until this set is over, and then I'll continue again.."; however, what I found is that if you continue to push through the pain, keep going and not give up, you'll discover a renewed inner strength, a power you're not expecting and the satisfaction of continuing all the way through. While this is a somewhat trivial example, the concept is still there...persistence pays off, and when the tough moments come, this is where the positive change happens.
Galatians 6:9 says,
"And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up."
I encourage you (and me) to be persistent, unwavering and strong in walking the path to accomplishing your goals, growing in your faith, and being faithful in what you've been entrusted with. When things get tough, life is painful and goals seem far out of reach, remember that perseverance brings reward, and often the accomplishment is right around the corner of adversity. Be strong, don't give up! You can do it.
Have a great day!
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