The more you sweat in practice, the less you bleed in battle – Micheal Jordan.
Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.Thomas Edison.
We all hate failure. I hate failing, you do too. However, failure is just a stepping stone to success. Every successful person has once encountered failure.
Perseverance: Making efforts till the goal is achieved or the task is accomplished. In simple terms, perseverance is doing WHATEVER DECENT THING IT TAKES to succeed. Emphasis is being placed on the ‘decent’ because nowadays, most people think perseverance is doing anything to achieve a particular goal. We see people on several social media platforms, losing their shame just to chase vanity.
Thomas Edison, the inventor of the light bulb has been a motivation for so many people and is known for the saying “I didn’t fail 10,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 10,000 steps”.
One thing we should all note in life is that if we don’t chase our dreams, someone else will. You aren’t the only one dreaming. For example, we see several politicians aiming for the presidential post but just one candidate wins!
Let’s look at some biblical examples of those who persevered.
You can read about his perseverance in the book of Genesis 29 and 30. I will only give a summary. Jacob loved Rachel( his cousin) and wanted to get married to Rachel (This was allowed as at that time). However, he had to serve Rachel’s father; his uncle, Laban for seven years. He was deceived by his covetous uncle who could have told Jacob that he cannot marry Rachel until Leah, Rachel’s elder sister got married.
Also read, the secret to overcoming fear (And God Said!) here.
Jacob had to get married to Leah but he still had his goal in mind ( getting married to Rachel). He decided to serve for another seven years to get married to Rachel. He didn’t give up on his goal. He did WHATEVER IT TOOK HIM to get married to Rachel. Jacob worked for a total of fourteen years( seven years at first for Leah then another seven years for Rachel) before his goal was achieved.
Job was a man who feared God to the extent that God boasted about him to the devil. The bible referred him as a perfect and upright man ( perfection is attainable. Stop saying “nobody is perfect”).
Job 1:1 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil. KJV
Job was a wealthy man. The devil argued that Job is good to God only because he is rich. God permitted the devil to tempt him to test the devil’s claim but the devil was not allowed to take his life in the process.
Before I continue, permit me to digress from the topic for discussion.
Job didn’t lose his wife because his wife was his life. The bible says in Genesis 2:24
Genesis 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. KJV
If the devil had tampered with the life of Job’s wife, he would have tampered with Job’s life at the same time.
Back to the post now, Job lost everything he owned. He lost his properties, his children, his animals, every single thing . However, he persevered even after losing everything. His friends even advised him negatively but he held on to the fear he had for God. You can study the book of Job for better understanding.
Jesus persevered although His life on earth. He lived a sinless and blameless life. He was once human too. It wasn’t easy. When His mates were having fun, He was preaching at the temple at an early age. He didn’t allow Himself to be tempted by the devil after fasting for forty days and nights. He was so hungry. Anyone would give up in that case but He didn’t. Thank you Sir.
Many of life’s failures are people who did not realise how close they were to success when they gave up.Thomas Edison.
There is reward for perseverance. For Jacob, he got married to Rachel and was greatly blessed too. For Job, he got double portions of everything he lost. For Jesus, He is an Overcomer.
Happy new year to you all! Last year, 3rd January 2020, I wrote a blog post “Don’t be eliminated ” as the theme of the year. If you can read this present post, you weren’t eliminated by grace.
This year, I was writing a post and I got the theme “A new beginning”. I started writing then the theme changed to “A better ending”.
Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.Ecclesiastes 7:8 KJV
Usain Bolt quoted “There are better starters than me but I’m a strong finisher“. When you look at the beginning of things, it’s easy to say “it’s a waste of time”, “I don’t know why I’m doing this”, “Will this turn out well?” .
We were told not to despise little beginnings in Zechariah 4:10. We aren’t able to know how something will end by the way it started but we can be rest assured that God who knows the end from the beginning will give us a better ending this year.
Trust the process, believe in the outcome, hope for a better ending. Happy new year once again. If it’s your first time here, welcome to the family!
A big thank you to the 700+ readers following this blog. The journey has been so amazing with you all in it. I’m beyond grateful. This year, I hope to have 300+ more readers following the blog. You can help by sharing the posts wherever. Thank you!
The Bible ( King James Version)
Your Heavenly Father is the King of kings. You have every right to a crown of your own. Whether invisible or not, the crown of a king or queen must not fall down. Make sure your crown doesn’t. You deserve everything a queen or king deserves. Don’t settle for less. This is just a reminder because I know you will never forget that you are a king or a queen.
We all want to attain a certain position and height but are we satisfied with the position we have attained? Are we satisfied with the height we have reached? Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty ~Socrates.
Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you don’t.
Even the bible says in the book of
Philippians 4:11-13 Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
Be thankful for what you have, you’ll end up having more but if you concentrate on what you don’t have, you’ll never have enough.
1 Timothy 6:6-12 But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
He who is not contented with what he has would not be contented with what he would like to have.
The word CONTENTMENT is a state of happiness and satisfaction. We should all learn to be happy with whatever life brings to us and we should learn to harvest in it not seek for more. Unless we learn to live with the moment, we are not fully alive.
If life gives you lemons, turn them into lemonade.
There is more to life than having everything.
Wealth is like the sea water, the more we drink, the thirstier you become ~ Arthur Schopenhauer. We should never let the things we want make us forget the things we have. Also, we should never wish for whatever anyone has because you do not know the source where it is from. Let’s learn to be happy with ourselves because happiness is self contentedness ~ Aristotle. Develop the ability to enjoy what you have instead of being driven by desire.
Those who are contented are the happiest.