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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Add perseverance

by Pam Roth
“…make every effort to add to your faith, goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance…”  2 Peter 1:5a-6a (NIV).

This past month, we have been looking at perseverance which is one of the ten responses of The Nehemiah Response Model.  Often when we think of perseverance, our mind goes to stories of overcoming a catastrophic event or a major obstacle.  But, what about the mundane situations that require us to persevere? 

  • parents with a colicky newborn 
  • someone with a chronic illness 
  • students longing for graduation 
  • sports teams competing for the prize 
  • civil servants that protect their community 
  • couples going through a difficult time in their marriage 
  • medical personnel who have our health in their best interest
The list above is just a few examples of those that may be persevering on a daily basis; but their efforts go unnoticed.  A mother standing watch over her feverish child throughout the night will not make the morning headlines.  Nor will many of the people that I have mentioned be heralded as a modern day hero; however, they continue to persevere in their daily lives.

This morning, I saw a perfect example of mundane perseverance.  A young, injured bird was on the shoreline of the beach; and the waves from the Gulf were getting closer and closer to the injured bird.  But then - yes, but then, there was a woman standing patiently waiting for the authorities to arrive to rescue the bird.  When I first noticed the bird, the woman’s  husband was standing along side her; but then, he grew impatient and like others passing by, went on about his way down the beach.  Vigilantly, she stood on the shore...watching the waves and waiting on animal control.

The fact is, this scenario was only one hour out of this lady’s day; but, she persevered.   She remained steadfast; and when the authorities arrived, they allowed her to help with the rescue of the injured bird.  I love that!  

What are you going through right now that no one else or very few people know about?
When you have persevered, how have your grown?
How would faith, goodness, knowledge and self-control add to your perseverance?

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