When you describe your characteristics do you ever include perseverance?
I think perseverance can quite often be seen as a negative thing, after all our quote last week told us it’s the hard stuff you do after the hard stuff you’ve already done. However Joseph Wirthlin who gives us our quote this week says
“Perseverance is a positive, active, characteristic”
This quote tells us a few of things
1. It is a positive thing, we shouldn’t think of it as a chore but as something that will benefit us.
2. It is active, it is something that we should choose to do and that we have to do. We can’t just hope that we will persevere.
3. It is a characteristic, it shapes who we are. People will recognise perseverance within us.
It’s difficult though to be positive about perseverance and to actually choose to persevere, EVERYDAY. However we are given lots of examples throughout Christianity of people who have persevered, and people who had to encourage others to persevere. Moses, Abraham, Paul, Joseph, Esther, Ruth. Our verse this week is one of my favourite verses, it comes from the book of Joshua. Joshua encouraged the people to walk round the walls of Jericho to bring them down (a very short version of the story). Imagine having to keep walking round the same area over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over again. In the first chapter of this book we have one of my favourite verses which is God talking to Joshua saying
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Perseverance is positive, it’s active’ it’s a characteristic, it’s hard, but we’re not on our own!