Endurance

Ability to bear pain, hardship and difficulties; durability; perseverance

Come what may, all bad fortune is to be overcome by endurance. Virgil

Those who endure conquer. Author Unknown

Nothing happens to any man that he is not formed by nature to bear. Marcus Aurelius 

  The ability to endure trials and tribulations reveals much about our true nature and character. Those who fail to endure their difficulties tend to be labeled as victims; the unlucky and the misfortunate. Those that truly endure are those who persevere, achieve and succeed. They have an inner ability to stick things out.

   The race between the tortoise and the hare is a wonderful analogy. The hare was impressively fast and odds on favorite. The tortoise was unappealing, very slow and obvious underdog. However, the tortoise was persistence and an experienced “endurer”, unlike the hare. That was the difference between them. The “Energizer Bunny” is not the same hare. His commercials are very visual in portraying the power and endurance of Energizer batteries.

   Life rewards those who endure. This is due to the traits and strength of character required in order to endure; they are always building and strengthening. Martin Luther King, Jr. and others Civil Rights leaders are great examples of what it means to endure. Their beliefs and dreams and their ability to endure advanced “equal rights” to where it is today. The strength to endure has rewarded many throughout history. It rewards those who are running and competing and finishing life’s endurance races. Endurance can be described as concentrated patience. It entails perseverance, determination, will-power, self-discipline and other strengths. Those that endure do not give up and do whatever is required for them to finish their personalized obstacle courses. They overcome trials, tribulations and all that confronts them, sticking it out until they cross the finish line.

   We can look around and take notice of those who exemplify the strength of endurance. It is easy for us to admire those that successfully endure their personal challenges. It is unlikely we hold in very high esteem those who show little endurance and are allowing their difficulties to defeat them. They that give up do not inspire us.

   Increased endurance is worthy of our very best efforts. It requires making a commitment to be tougher, more durable and resilient. It requires a willingness to endure pain, discomfort, fatigue and setbacks. Our thorns will always find a way to prick us and draw our blood. Things will happen to test our resolve. It requires a “no holds barred” approach and a “no quit” attitude. We have to decide the rewards for winning our race is worth the cost.

Challenge:  Have you exhibited strength of endurance when things get tough? Do you have as much endurance as you would like to have? Having endurance in reserve, ready and available to you when needed, is worthwhile and greatly worth your time and effort. Being able to focus and exercise the necessary self-discipline to keep going when tempted to quit is a good place to start. You must determine the victory is worth the pain.

Wisdom: Thought is the sculptor who can create the person you want to be. Thoreau

Spiritual: (NIV)

The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever. Isaiah 32:17

You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. Hebrews 10:36

I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

The Bible has many examples of God rewarding those with faith, patience and perseverance. The secular world does very poorly at living by the teaching and principles presented in the Bible. Those that decide to follow God’s guidance must make a decision to march to the beat of a different drummer. That different drummer is God’s Holy Spirit, who does not lead us astray and teaches us to endure and to victoriously cross the finish line.

Prayer: Help me to listen to your guidance. Help me to let go and allow you to lead me forward in my life.

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