Perseverance Gets the Job Done…

     I was cleaning my home office the other day and ran across several small scraps of paper on which I’d written what I consider ‘delicious’ words. I’m forever jotting down a catchy phrase or quote worth pondering on whatever is handy—back of a receipt, napkin, envelope, torn-out-page.

     Perhaps not the best habit, but truthfully, one I have no intention of breaking!

     The day I was tidying up my office, I came across a quote scribbled on a now-expired coupon. Right about that same time, I received photos my husband took while he was on a guys’ getaway to Palouse Falls in southeast Washington. This photo seemed tailor-made for the quote:

A river cuts through a rock not because of great power but because of its perseverance.
     Perseverance in an essential characteristic necessary to accomplish any significant undertaking, whether a river cutting through massive rocks, completing a daunting project or changing an undesirable habit. I like how the NIV translates James 1:4:

Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

     Are you, like me, involved in an endeavor that will require perseverance in order to succeed? Yeah, it’s hard. At times it’s boring. Sure, sometimes it’s wearying.

     Despite all these inconveniences, how about we agree to hang in there and let perseverance finish its work?

I’ll be cheering you on each step of the way…

Sue Reeve

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