What is perseverance?

How difficult is it to get up on the first day of term? I know it can be rather difficult, especially the first day after the Christmas holidays – well, let’s face it any morning can be difficult.

However, this term can be difficult because we’ve done a term already, it’s dark in the mornings, it’s dark in the evenings, it’s cold, and there isn’t anything like exams to focus on. Motivation is slim, we may have made New Years resolutions but, how long did they last?

That is why we have chosen perseverance as our value to focus on this term. And our thought for this week as we start to explore the concept of perseverance comes from Newt Gingrich who says

“Perseverance is the hard work you do after the hard work you already did”

Essentially it is keeping going, even when you want to give up, there’s other things you’d rather be doing and when you can’t really see the purpose of it.

As we will discover throughout the term perseverance is an important value, because it makes us stronger people, and if we persevere in the things like waking up, doing our school work etc and we see how that benefits us it will be easier to persevere in the difficult things. In the book of James he says that we should consider it pure joy when we face troubles, that seems odd, but it is because that’s where we develop our strength and courage, and become the people we are.

I’m going to leave it there for this week, but as I sign off think of the fact the church is celebrating epiphany this week which is when we remember the magi visiting Jesus. They travelled from a far away land, following a star and they weren’t even really sure what they were looking for. But they didn’t give up, they persevered, and we still remember them today.

What do you need to persevere with this term? What will help you to do that?

Thank you God that you give us examples of people who persevere and you also provide us with strength. Help us to know that we are not alone but that you are by our side. Amen

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