Persistence, for me, sometimes is like a shoe that is new and fits waaayyyyy too tight.
But you love the shoe. Why else did you buy it? You saw it in the store. You checked out your profile. You did a two-step before tossing them back in the box and promptly making your way to the register.
Days or weeks later you discovered the perfect opportunity to pull out those shoes. You know, the ones worthy of a two-step in the store.
You put them on, looking super cute. You leave the house and enjoy the feel of knowing…knowing you look good girl!
Later that evening your feet are in total disagreement with your decision AND your cute shoes. LOL!
Don’t tell me I’m the only one. I have a couple of super cute but totally uncomfortable shoes. And YES I still wear them.
And I wear the shoe until eventually my desire and feet are in total agreement. Sometimes it means the shoes cooperate, by relaxing a little, and other times I gladly accept the consequences of sore feet.
What do tight shoes have to do with our purpose and our goals? I mean, that’s what I write about on this blog.
We have to persist in attaining our goals in life. The goals we have for our careers, our businesses, our families, our spouses, our soul.
Persistence is continuing on a course of action in spite of opposition, obstacles, discouragement, etc. [Defined] Scripture gives us an even better picture:
So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Galatians 6:9
You see that tight shoe may look like a new job with unkind co-workers.
…or…a child expressing resistance to a family change
…or…marriage challenges calling you to pray like never before
…or…a dream that seems further away no matter how hard you pursue it
Last week I shared a quote from Steven Chambers, a friend and pastor. He said, “Persistence is what courage is made of.”
Courage is a choice.
You have to choose to be persistent. You have to choose to put one foot in front of the other, in your too tight shoes, and keep taking steps…and persisting in your actions, your words, and your thoughts until you reach your desired destination.
Knowing that in due season….you will reap a harvest.
Don’t give up!
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[reminder]What in your life is calling you to persist? To be courageous? Will you answer its call?[/reminder]