We all know the hardest times to persevere are during times when you find yourself under immense pressure, in challenging circumstances, revising for the next set of important exams or perhaps trying to get to grips with some sort of science equation that you ‘know’ won’t benefit your life – as you don’t ever plan to be a scientist, nevertheless you have to study it anyway.
In those or similar circumstances, perseverance can often be far from our minds.
I’ve been quite challenged by the notion of perseverance recently, noting that often I don’t want to persevere – at let’s face it, things I’m not that interested in or passionate about and definitely things I find hard!
James 1:2-4 says; ‘Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.’
I can straight up say perseverance can be a daily struggle especially when it seems as if no ground is being made, but take heart lovelies, as James rightly says when you endure to the very end – no matter the situation, it always builds character.
Why? Because 9 out of 10 times you learn from it; you learn to handle the situation differently in the future by perhaps adopting a better or more relevant revision technique, keeping a cooler head when under pressure or even advising a fellow friend who finds themselves in a similar situation.
I’m aware this is all easier said than done but if we believe in the God that says He will never forsake us, then when you are in these situations ask Him for strength to persevere. If it is already hard to persevere in daily life, then it is definitely hard to persevere even more-so in the Christian walk.
I can’t encourage you enough to pray daily that God will give the strength and the means to persevere in everyday tasks!