My niece, Morgan, is a clever little girl. As a five-year-old, she absorbs life lessons like a sponge. The other day, she was challenging my sister Sarah’s patience. After multiple times of addressing Morgan’s misbehavior, Sarah sternly warned, “Morgan, you need to stop!” Morgan looked up with all the innocence her blue eyes could hold and quipped, “But Mommy, I’m persevering.”
Perseverance. Morgan had the right idea, but the wrong setting.
Sometimes when life gets tough, you just have to push through.
As followers of Christ, our primary purpose is to glorify God. Some of us have a clear picture of what our specific calling looks like; some of us aren’t quite as certain. Glorifying God is something we are all called to do, and it requires perseverance.
Sometimes you just have to push through.
In order to persevere, it’s important we understand what types of obstacles we face.
There are external obstacles. Missed deadlines, failed goals, lack of resources, lack of moral support, broken dreams. They are really too numerous to mention. They are often outside of our control. However, external obstacles have no power in themselves. We determine their power by our response.
There are spiritual obstacles. There is an unseen enemy whose mission is to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10). He is the master of deception and called the Father of lies (John 8:44). We are vulnerable to his schemes without the truth of God’s Word and the discernment of the Holy Spirit.
There are internal obstacles. Depression, fatigue, and other physical conditions wreak havoc with our minds. Being led by our feelings produces instability. Negative self-talk and the habit of giving up create barriers.
Obstacles can act in concert, exerting so much pressure that perseverance seems impossible. Everything within us demands that we quit. That’s the time to call out to the Lord, and keep moving forward. Sometimes you just have to push through.
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us (Romans 5:3-5).
Perseverance leads to character and hope.
Perseverance makes the difference between retreating and thriving.
It isn’t easy and comfortable.
It can be raw and painful.
It doesn’t guarantee that we will always win, but we can do our best without regrets.
And we will be further down the road than if we quit.
We don’t power through on our own strength. We persevere by the power of the Holy Spirit, as we yield to Him.
Are you determined to glorify the Lord with your life? Don’t let the obstacles stop you. Sometimes you just have to push through.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up (Galatians 6:9)
I have set the LORD continually before me; Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken (Psalm 16:8).
Heavenly Father, thank You for calling me as Your child and for designing me with purpose. Teach me how to persevere in the face of obstacles. Teach me to keep my eyes on You and surrender to Your power. Help me thrive in adversity and glorify You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.