Is Perseverance Worth the Effort?
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9
I’ve been learning some lessons about perseverance and trust the last number of days. I think we have to learn these over and over in every single season of life, and, unfortunately, we often need to learn them in tandem.
If no dynamics or situations would ever change in my life, learning perseverance and trust would be one and done. Because once I’d have learned it, there would be no changes threatening to jeopardize my peace, my trust. I wouldn’t need to learn how to persevere through something that was new or difficult or scary because those things would never come.
Either I can live a dynamic life of growth or a stagnant life of mediocrity.
Both are difficult at times, but “difficult” looks totally different in each scenario.
Difficult in a dynamic life looks like trying something new when you are feeling your way through, troubleshooting, re-evaluating, tweaking, going back to the drawing board.
It looks like getting up one more time when it feels like you have no energy or ideas left to try.
It looks like doing the right thing even when it hurts like heck and half your peeps are telling you to let it go.
A dynamic life takes responsibility and changes whatever is in its power to change regardless if others change or not.
It looks like keeping on dreaming when it feels more realistic to stop and settle instead.
Difficult in a stagnant life looks like never really feeling much of anything because it hurts to feel.
It’s always expecting something to go wrong, and when things go ok, it finds the things that could have been better.
It can always find someone else to blame.
A stagnant life gives up before it has really started.
I find myself with a choice. I can muster perseverance and go after a growing, vibrant life, or I can settle into my current situations and say, “I tried.”
But anyone can say “I tried” and that can mean a multitude of different things.
“I tried” can mean “I thought about it,” “I fell down once and stopped trying,” or “I gave it time and effort.” But none of those excuses invented the lightbulb or the Model T or developed Microsoft or Apple or won a gold medal in the Olympics.
I have a choice.
Will it be perseverance and trust or stagnant mediocrity?
I’d love to hear from you about living a dynamic vs. stagnant life! What are your thoughts? Is it worth it to persevere?