January 21, 2018

Victory Through Persistence: 3 Examples

“Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown.”—Revelation 2:10 (KJV)

Is it possible for the little guy to win? Does the outnumbered giant ever succeed? Can a disrespected person ever move beyond his tormenters? Yes, yes, and yes. Let’s look at some cases:

A Biblical Example

The Apostle Paul was a Pharisee who converted to Christianity. I Corinthians 11:28-29 gives us the short list of what he endured:
  • Violence
  • Persecution
  • Hunger and thirst
  • Robbery
  • Imprisonment
  • Being shipwrecked
He didn’t let any of this stop him. Paul wrote one-half to two-thirds of the New Testament, depending on the source. We know that some of it was actually written during his imprisonment.

“Animals Gone Wild” (National Geographic Wild Channel)

The Grizzly Bear and the Wolves

Grizzlies are at the top of the predator chart. I’m sure most animals are unwilling to mess with them. However, a pack of five or six wolves took the job on. When a grizzly aggressively tried to join in their dinner of freshly killed meat, the animals snarled and chased him away. They also began nipping at him.

But, wait! The grizzly didn’t get the memo that “No” means “No”. The larger animal came back for more. This time, the wolves were so impressed by his persistence, they allowed him to peacefully share their meal.

The Millipede and the Blue Ants

Hundreds of hungry blue ants in Cambodia started attacking a six-inch long millipede. Talk about David and Goliath! For some time, the millipede was able to defend himself by curling up in a ball. That’s because the animal has an exoskeleton (an outer skeleton) that seems impenetrable.

Please keep in mind another defense mechanism: the ability to secrete chemical weapons (acids) from their exoskeletons. Some sources say the animals can even spray the chemicals. These chemicals can burn, and cause allergic reactions in, humans. I can’t imagine their effect on ants.That’s three strikes against the tiny animals:
  • Small size
  • Exoskeleton of the millipede
  • Chemical weapons of the other animal

Who do you think won? The ants. One ant found a chink in the exoskeleton. He gave the animal a paralyzing sting. His friends entered the attack. The ants eventually carried the millipede back to their home for dinner.

“High Hopes”

Speaking of ants, Frank Sinatra made this cute, simple song famous decades ago. It tells the story of an ant that brings a rubber-tree plant down little by little. It also mentions a ram that batters a dam down.

My Conclusion

Are you an ant in a world of bigger, stronger animals? Are you a grizzly bear who’s seriously outnumbered? Are you undervalued and/or bullied? Join the club…I mean, never fear, persistence often wins the prize in the end.

In any case, it’s certain that giving up wins a person NO prizes.

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