First of all, Webster’s dictionary defines Perseverance as:

  • A steady persistence in a course of action
  • A purpose, especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement. 

 Another way to say it is: 

  • Resolve
  • Determination
  • Urgency

Little did I know when I gave my first speech in 7th grade on perseverance, that I would actually live a life that caused me to persevere in so many ways.   Today, as I give my first speech in Toastmasters on Perseverance – almost 35 years later, I can definitely see where persevering has definitely helped me to get through many hard times.

As you reflect back on your life, can you say “I am grateful for the obstacles because they have caused me to persevere?” 

Scripture reads that “suffering produces perseverance, perseverance – character, character – hope”. 

I am grateful for all the obstacles that I have had to persevere through.  I am not the same person today.  I can truly say that my life is so fulfilling today and I am hopeful about my future. 

How about you?

1 Comment
  • April
    Posted at 13:39h, 09 March Reply

    Jesus cares so much about our character that he will allow us to go through times of perseverance, and yes, even suffering, because he knows in the end our character will become more Christ-like. We wouldn’t be the people we are today without it. Good word Marilyn.

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