“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9)
We live in a fast-paced world. With information at our fingertips, we are accustomed to getting what we want, when we want it.
The problem with this way of thinking, however, is that it does not teach us to be persistent. When we are used to things happening instantly, it can be hard for us to slow down, be patient and put in the hard work some things require. In addition, when we fall, we may lack the courage to get back up and try again.
Proverbs 24:16 says, “For the righteous falls seven times and rises again, but the wicked stumble in times of calamity.” We are not promised that this life will be easy. In fact, we are told that we will face trials. Therefore, the true test of our character is how we respond when we go through hard times.
It is important to realize that persistence is not a trait that we are either born with or not. Rather, it is something we all can achieve if we work toward it and ask God to give us the strength to persevere.
In 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, Paul gives us this advice: “Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” As Christians, we are called to focus on God and be persistent in our faith, even in the midst of challenging times.
So how can we know if we are persistent? Do you have a hard time focusing on long-term projects that do not result in an immediate reward? Do you find yourself wanting to give up with things do not go your way? Answering these questions can give you an idea of how persistent you are in your life.
We are a month into this semester, and you might be starting to feel a little worn out. After the excitement of the new year has worn off, staying motivated can be a challenge. However, by staying focused on God and asking Him to give you persistence, you can continue to work hard and do what He has called you to do!
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