Friday, January 1, 2016

2016: A Year of Perseverance

  1. steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving

As I stand on the brink of a new year in much anticipation, the word 'perseverance' comes to mind. 

Perseverance is a characteristic that I am praying would develop in my life more & more. Over the years, I have seen a pattern in my life  I find it all too easy to give up trying when thing seem too difficult or unattainable.  Failure goes straight to my heart, I wallow in defeat & sadness for awhile (until the feelings go away), and then the cycle seems to happen all over again.

The truth is, I can never run away from hard things, sadness, failure & failings. They are apart of this life as we know it. Nearly every day of our lives, we are faced with difficult things, opposition and failings. The lazy thing to do is quit, and back away. 

This year, I want to learn to be a fighterto not quit when the going gets tough. 

This year, I pray that I would have a heart full of courage; that I would scale new heights that I might've not dared reach before.

This year, I pray that my insecurities would vanish in the security of Christ & the Gospel.

What a comfort to know that whatever happens in the coming year (with all of it's unknowns & uncertainties), I can trust Him to finish the good work that He began in me. He promised to complete it!

“The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. The brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough.” 
― Randy Pausch

"...Don’t let failure go to your heart.”
Timothy Keller

“Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers,
but to be fearless in facing them.
Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain, but
for the heart to conquer it.” 
― RT

“Things don't go wrong and break your heart so you can become bitter and give up. They happen to break you down and build you up so you can be all that you were intended to be.” 
― Charles Jones

“Go back?" he thought. "No good at all! Go sideways? Impossible! Go forward? Only thing to do! On we go!" So up he got, and trotted along with his little sword held in front of him and one hand feeling the wall, and his heart all of a patter and a pitter.” 
― J.R.R. TolkienThe Hobbit

“What's the bravest thing you ever did? ...Getting up this morning, he said.” 
― Cormac McCarthy

“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” 
― Dale Carnegie

“To reach a port we must set sail –
Sail, not tie at anchor,
Sail, not drift.” 
― Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.” 
― Julie Andrews