Persistence – pursuing a goal until it is achieved.
Don’t forget today that there are some things that just have to get done.
I know, who you are is more important than what you do and doing the right thing is far more important than doing things the right way.
But the rent still has to be paid.
You do have responsibilities and one of them is to be a productive and viable member of your family and society.
If you are going to accept money from a company in the form of a paycheck then know the goals of your company, department, and boss and do your part in making them happen.
If you got married you said something like “till death do we part” (or you should have); well, that’s the goal–not to kill them (!), but make it a wonderful life together until God calls one of you home. That will require persistence. So, stay focused on the goal no matter how much or how little your marriage is fulfilling you right now.
If you have children—sorry, you can’t send them back; suck it up, stay focused on the goal: raising God-fearing and God-serving children who become God-fearing and God-serving adults.
And then there’s your personal goals: If the goal is losing ten pounds and keeping it off, persist–put the cookies back on the shelf! If the goal is reading your bible then don’t make excuses, do it. If the goal is doing more or doing less, or achieving this or achieving that—whatever it is, persist until you have reached your goal. Remember the goal is not coming up with a good goal, the goal is fulfilling that good goal; persist till you do. (You’re thank me for this little pep talk someday 🙂 )
- The ONE THING for today: One of the things that makes life meaningful and fulfilling is identifying and achieving worthy goals. To do this, the character trait of persistence will be required.
Philippians 3:13-14 (The Voice)
13 Brothers and sisters, as I said, I know I have not arrived; but there’s one thing I am doing: I’m leaving my old life behind, putting everything on the line for this mission. 14 I am sprinting toward the only goal that counts: to cross the line, to win the prize, and to hear God’s call to resurrection life found exclusively in Jesus the Anointed.