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When Stubbornness is an Asset
by Cate Russell-Cole
6/19/2015 / Christian Living
You never hear the word stubborn used in a positive context; however, without it, you are sunk. It is one of those character traits that gets constant bad press, but is essential to survival in any tough situation.
Thesaurus.com lists stubborn this way: "adamant, bullheaded, determined, firm, fixed, hardheaded, headstrong, inflexible, intractable, obstinate, opinionated, persevering, persistent, relentless, rigid, self-willed, single-minded, steadfast, tenacious, tough, unbending, unshakable, wilful."
Ouch! It's the same as saying that 'stubborn' is made up of two four-letter words, strung together to create an obscenity. However, look at the gems that are in there: determined, persistent, steadfast, persevering. Plus in the face of cynicism, worldliness, rejection, needing healing, making relationships work, money hassles and life's other trials, isn't it better to be firm, fixed, single-minded and tenacious about doing what is right? Those are qualities which will stop you from abandoning your faith and good character.
Being too rigid and bullheaded may not be a character asset in life, but it can be when used to empower your personal faith and/or determination in ministry. So if you have a stubborn streak, when the road to success gets rough, wear it proudly. It will get you where complacent, compliant and yielding can never take you.
This article by Cate Russell-Cole is under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0)
Written in Australian English.
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