Word of the week: Persistence

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Word of the week: Persistence
I love walking. I love to take walks with my husband. As an individually and as a family, walking has been a blessing for body and mind. Walking helps me to think clearly. I’m able to fellowship with God and get glimpses on my future. How so? We just don’t walk or get locked on our favorite tunes. We practice prayer and meditation.
We reflected on the word persistence last Saturday. My take is that persistence can be an overwhelming word if you are to look at the whole process – let’s think of weight loss for example. I need to take persistence as a daily commitment otherwise my goal might seem unattainable.
The Bible says that your deeds will show your end. If I persist with good eating and exercising habits daily, it will show my end. When you persist, you are really giving yourself a daily snapshot of your future. A scale can’t give that to you, it comes from the strength God gives you.
I found three interesting definitions for persistence:
1. the continuance of an effect after its cause is removed; (in my case the cause was lack of exercise and lack of knowledge about nutrition. Once that was removed, I am able to persist and reach my goal of a healthier life).
2. the act of persisting or persevering; continuing or repeating behavior; (Persistence is all about repetition. You get out there and walk day after day for example. The location might change but the movement is repeated.)
3. Continuance of a part or an organ, rather than having it disappear in an early stage of development. (this one was deep. We don’t realize that persistence aids in the development of dreams. You can kill a dream in the early stages of development or you can persist and achieve your dream.)
So, I encourage you to walk on. Persist. It may hurt or be inconvenient but oh what a glorious finish YOU will have. You can do all things (persisting included) through Christ who strengthens YOU!