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How to Persevere Through Difficulties
by stephanie reck
2/07/2017 / Christian Living
Persevere- continue in course of action even in the face of difficulty or with little or no prospects of success.
Synonyms for persevere:
Follow something through
Stand one’s ground
Go the distance
Stop at nothing
How to persevere through difficulties:
- Keep a right attitude-set your mind to be determined not to give up or go back. Perseverance is a trait that can be cultivated, and will need to be developed when discouragement or set-backs occur.
- Develop resilience-the ability to “bounce back” quickly after some setback, failure, or loss.
- Don’t react or listen to naysayers! If God has placed a dream or vision before you, don’t let the opinions of others drag you to “abandon ship.” Seek and cultivate those relationships who support and believe in you. Distance yourself from the drainers, the negative nellies, and the legalistic/Pharisee types.
Many examples are given in the Bible about those who persevered. Noah built the ark in 120 years surrounded by corrupt and unbelieving people. Moses led the hardhearted Israelites for 40 years in the wilderness. The Apostle Paul after his extreme conversion covered roughly 14,000 miles to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ, he faced many challenges during this time. What do all of these men have in common? Perseverance through difficulties. They believed in a greater cause and were mission-minded despite the curveballs that came their way.
Throughout church history, men and women of faith have persevered while enduring religious persecution and suffering. Martin Luther, preached, wrote, and raised a family for over 25 years while being scrutinized by the church. Other great examples are William Tyndale, William Wilberforce, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Rev. Martin Luther King, Desmond Tutu, Corrie ten Boom, Joni Earkeson Tada, and Fanny Crosby.
Sometimes the load we carry is great. Life can be difficult, especially if you have endured long periods of hardships. I am sure the original composer of the inspirational song, “it is well with my soul,” can account for times of deep sorrow and needing to persevere through it. After losing his four children at sea on the ship they were abroad that day,” Horatio Spafford went on to write this famous hymn, and it still serves as comfort to many who are hurting.
You may encounter defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, and how you can still come out of it.
May of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
Every strike brings me closer to the next homerun.
Once you’ve learned to quit, it becomes a habit.
~Vince Lombardi Jr.
After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.
By perseverance the snail reached the ark.
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