The words “persistence” and “perseverance” have been on my mind and heart lately. I believe God has been shaping my character in these two areas over the last number of years.
To some persistence and perseverance may seem like the same thing. To me there is a difference.
Perseverance is the “keep on keeping on” part of life. It is not giving up when things are tough or seem overwhelming.
Over and over again during my 15+ years of being a pastor I have been taught the need to persevere.
Whether it has been personal issues, church issues, family issues or health issues, God has taught me to “keep on keeping on.”
There have been times I have wanted to pack it in and quit whatever I am doing but God has always given me the strength to get beyond the moment and to persevere. I am very thankful for that!
Persistence is staying true to the course that God has laid upon our heart. It is continuing to move forward even when things are uncertain because we know that we are on the path that God wants us to be on.
Persistence for me lately has been following through on all the incredible things that God has been teaching me over the last 5 years. I know that God has done some serious work in my life and I need to be persistent in moving forward in these things.
One of the biggest things is a new level of transparency in my relationship with Lauren and with others. I don’t want to go back to the way things used to be. I need to be persistent in making sure that does not happen.