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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. 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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