June 4, 2017

Examples of Endurance, part 2


“Does anybody really think that they didn’t get what they had because they didn’t  have the talent and strength or the endurance or commitment?” Nelson Mandela

It’s no secret. Life offers many challenges among the moments of joy. Each person may have personal issues to deal with. In addition, this time in history brings trials unique in their scope and intensity. That’s why endurance, patience, or whatever you want to call it, is so crucial.

 If we’re the type to give up when the going gets rough, we are limiting ourselves. We have to stay the course until the breakthrough comes—however long that takes.

Victories cannot happen when we stop halfway through the race.

My last article here was about how Teddy Roosevelt, King George VI of England, and Sir Winston Churchill overcame incredible obstacles on the road to leading their countries. Frankly, I think any efficient leader will have been shaped and strengthened by difficulties, not by living an easy life. That goes for anyone, really.

Ding Ding

“Please click here to read this inspiring story. This amazing young man has cerebral palsy. However, his mother refused to give up hope. At 29 years old, he is on his way to Harvard University. Enough said.


Athletes

Recently, I saw two young men for the first time in over a decade. I didn’t recognize either of them. Years ago, they were reserved boys of average height. They are now tall, outgoing athletes. They have the appearance and confidence of an athlete.  

I felt my jaw drop as I looked at them. There was no similarity at all between the boys they were and the men they’ve become. Even their facial characteristics seem to have become refined.

How did this transformation happen? I’m sure it wasn’t easy. It’s difficult to build muscles of any kind, literal or figurative. One can only imagine the mental and physical stamina necessary to transform an everyday body into a lean, mean, sports machine.

My Conclusion

Endurance pays off; quitting doesn’t. The difficult trek to success is a necessary part of life.

“being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might, so that you might have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the holy people in the kingdom of light.”—Colossians 1:11-12 (NIV)

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