Saturday, March 13, 2010

Saturday, March 13th

“Never, never, never give up.” Winston Churchill

Perseverance doesn’t get a lot of play nowadays. We live in a culture accustomed to the first flush of love in romantic comedies, the instant gratification of Google and Wikipedia, the convenience of wireless technology, and fast food, and fast lanes, and fast passes at amusement parks. We expect instant results with minimum labor.

We are often disappointed. While everyone knows “good things come to those who wait,” we don’t really want to believe it. Concentrated investment, hard work, dedication, patience – by their very nature these things are not quick or easy. But they are essential.

Joseph persevered while a slave and a prisoner. Abraham kept traveling. Joshua wondered though the wilderness. Elizabeth awaited a child. They may not have seen all the good ends God intended in the midst of their confusion and heartbreak and suffering, but they kept going, because they saw God. It is in Him that we live…and have our being…and move…

We “press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of us.”

Lord, may we “know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection of the dead.” {Philippians 3:10-11}

Jennifer Shaw

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