We live in a world where troubles will find each one of us, whether they are financial, emotional, spiritual, mental or physical. Some trials and tribulations, which are common to many of us, simply come from living in this world. Others troubles are unique to the individual journey one finds themselves traveling. Whatever the brand of struggles faced, we need hope and perseverance so we can “hang in there” over time.
Hope is called an “anchor for the soul.” A picture of an anchor giving security and stability to a ship in a midst of a storm is a tremendous image. That is what hope does for us, and more. With hope, will we be able to weather the storms of life. It is our total confidence, sustained by this hope, which enables us to persevere over a lifetime. Without hope, people give up.
To persevere, one needs to be active. Perseverance involves steadfastness in doing something despite the difficulty or delay in achieving success. It is a quality that allows someone to continue trying to do something even though it is difficult. It is also a steady persistence in a course of action despite trials, obstacles, discouragement and distractions of life.
Some people use the word endurance to convey the same idea. Although the words endurance and perseverance may be used interchangeably, perseverance carries the connotation of the whole life experience. It is an active staying power focused on a long-term perspective.
Our life journey is filled with difficulties that interfere with running our “race of life” successfully. However, perseverance involves a choice between the encumbrances or entanglements we find ourselves or the finish line. How might choosing to persevere give you a confident, eager expectation for today and for your future?
We all know of someone whose life is full of ups and downs. We see the circumstances that challenge them day after day and whether or not they have a real hope that sustains them. In addition, we see some of the choices they had to make and how others were affected by those choices. Through their lives, we can glean truths about running with perseverance throughout our own lives.
Persevering is a life of objectivity and availability to the hope we carry within. A life of total dependency on the results we seek. However, let me offer a word of caution. Have you heard the phrase, “Be careful what you wish for because your wish might come true”? The same applies here. Be careful what you hope for because, when you reach your finish line, you would have persevered a lot to get there. At the end, make sure that the energy, time and money you spent reaching your goal is worth the goal that you seek.
Wishing you tremendous success