Endurance

EnduranceHere’s a word that caries with it longevity, stability and courage. When I hear this word, I think of a race and not quitting, but pushing through the hard parts and getting my “second wind” in order to finish the race. The meaning of the word has to do with “the capacity or something to last or withstand wear and tear.” Endurance is “sticking it out” in the face of hurt, pain and even threats on every side.  Paul speaks about the faith of the Christians in Thessalonica. Check this out….

We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers. We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thessalonians 1:2-3 NIV)

 

This is a character quality that I believe to be valuable to attain. If I can endure struggle, I’m stronger for it. If I can endure pain, I’m more resistant to it in the future. If I can endure hardship and struggle, I’m more mature because of it.  My faith gives me endurance or “staying power” even in the midst of insurmountable odds. I want to finish strong this race of life and the endurance to finish is inspired by my hope in the Lord.  I don’t intend to quit or slow down in my pursuit of God’s heart!

Pressing On!
Dwayne

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