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Perseverance June 5, 2013

Posted by theronwatson in Devotional Thought.
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Romans 5:3-5
When you have an issue, who do you turn to for help, advice and counsel? Chances are it is an older person of wisdom and character. How did they come to be so? They had to endure the fiery flames of trial. Because they have been down this road before, they know the way and can help you down it as well.
Wouldn’t you like to be a person of wisdom and character? How then do you suppose you would become one? You have to endure the hard times.
It is starting to settle in now. The days are long and hot. There is so much to do. I am tired. It’s not simply a matter of waiting. It is a constant droning on of tasks to complete and sacrifices to be made along with it. That is the difference between patience and perseverance.
We all know what patience is. It is waiting. Sometimes it feels like forever. Sometimes it seems to pass quickly. But, waiting is waiting. Waiting in line takes patience. Waiting to sell a house when you need the money requires more patience. Waiting for the doctor to come back into the room requires patience. Waiting to find out why certain things have happened in your life requires another kind of patience.
Perseverance is different. If patience is waiting, perseverance is doing something while you are waiting. You have your daily tasks. You have your family concerns and the things of life on your mind. How do you get through the day? With perseverance. You just keep going and doing, putting one foot in front of the other. You just keep pressing on. You just keep working and striving knowing, trusting the end will come sometime.
All of this serves a grander purpose. It is to develop our character. It is through our own trials that we become a person of wisdom and character worth looking up to and seeking advice from.
Our character is perfected in our hope. It is hope for something greater out there that our faith sees without our eyes. That’s the real difference of a person of character.
Keep strong in the faith, in your daily walk and in your daily work to find the full measure of your character developed in the trials.

Oh Lord, help me to remember that you work all things together for good for those who love You and are called according to your purposes. Help me to become a person of wisdom and character that I may be a source of encouragement to others. Amen.

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