Perseverance is defined as a continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition.
It is the second week since I went back to the gym after my long self-inflicted sabbatical. My body is still adjusting to the weights, my bum is in pain after those squats, I walk with a limp, the kind that Jacob had after wrestling with the angel of the Lord. My chest feels stiff, my arms can’t hold a glass still without trembling but yet I kept pushing. Saturday came and in spite of the pain, we were back in the forest running with my friends. It had rained the previous day, the weather was chillier than usual, the mud was heavy on our running shoes but we stayed on course, patient on the tracks, running the ten-mile race with perseverance.
I love these words that I got from a devotion that my friend Sylvia shared recently. Running the race with perseverance means standing your ground firmly in the race of faith. That as you run towards the finishing end (destiny) you keep the faith. The race of faith is not a fun fare but rather a personal warfare where every believer has to battle anything that may hinder him or her not win the race.
This walk of life is not a quick dash to the finish line. It is a long marathon with puddles of water and hurdles to jump over. It is full of ups and downs that require an ingredient called patience. Be patient with God, be patient with yourself and be patient with people. And while at it, love your race.
“The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it” ~ Arnold H. Glasow
Every time you set out to do something, there will always be opposition and resistance from quarters around you. Even dating someone towards getting married faces opposition and sometimes you sit and wonder what is wrong with human beings. Here’s the thing child, nothing worth its salt fails to attract opposition.
Opposition is key. It is not the best thing that ever happens in life but it is crucial. I mean if it wasn’t, then the Son of Man Himself wouldn’t have faced opposition. The Tobiahs and the Sanballats are still very much around in this life as they were in the time of Nehemiah. They are all over the place and mark you they don’t have horns on their heads but the words of their mouths sell them out.
Airplanes take off against the strongest winds. It is what propels them to soar higher. As a matter of fact, when you don’t face opposition in life, chances are you and the devil (the sin that so easily entangles) are running in the same direction.
So, the question is, how convicted are you on this road you are on? How ready are you to move through every hurdle and puddle, every murky path in the thicket, every smile to your face and stab to your back? What price of a sacrifice are you ready to pay for that which you believe in? Because the truth is no human being is gon’ believe in your dream more than you who dreamt it will ever do. If you don’t believe me, ask Joseph – Jacob’s son. Do you have the patience?
Running the race with perseverance is living with patience in every challenge you face and life is so full of them. And those challenges don’t care whether you are a child of God or not. But the more you endure, the more you build your patience. The more your patience is built, the more your faith is strengthened. The more your faith is strengthened, the more you become victorious!
Child of God, Run With Perseverance.