In yesterday’s post about learning to wait on God and having patience, one reader’s humorous comment about wanting patience “this minute” reminded me of the adage, “Be careful what you wish/pray for!” It’s worth pondering! Do you REALLY want to pray for patience? The dictionary definition for patience is “the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset.” In other words, we can only develop patience by going through a struggle of some kind, not when everything is going well!
Yes, we do need patience to accompany situations that require persistence (“firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition“)and perseverance (“steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success“).
So really, the combination of persistence and perseverance is like that extra push to succeed. Sometimes that’s just what we need. It’s true, you know. Be honest. Most of us know exactly what we should do, as opposed to what we want to do … but when obstacles get in our way, they can sometimes seem insurmountable.
The idea of achieving the goals we set for ourselves in this new year may seem impossible when the “giants” rise up – accidents, health issues, financial woes, family or relationship problems – these and so many other hurdles can thwart our attempts to move forward, or at least around them, as we seek an alternate route.
But watch this and see what we can learn… from a BABY!! This is worth watching until the end … just a little over 2 minutes!
This baby had a goal: climb up on that couch. She faced obstacles, momentarily became distracted, confronted her “mountain” again, then accomplished her goal. Did you notice her utter joy upon attaining that achievement, especially in the last 30-45 seconds of the video clip? Can you relate? It’s that “YES, I DID IT!!” feeling of exhilaration!
Your additional inspiration for this Wednesday…
and you will find that
the limits of your stubbornness
go well beyond
the stubbornness of your limits.”
“Our greatest glory is not in never failing,
but in rising up every time we fail.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Never think that God’s delays are God’s denials.
Hold on; hold fast; hold out. Patience is genius.”
These thoughts really speak to me regarding some current life circumstances. I especially like this one: “The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won’t.“
So what are YOUR thoughts?
Do you find it easy to persevere so you can achieve your goals?
Isn’t it interesting what we can learn about persistence and perseverance from watching the baby in that video?
~~Be Blessed and Encouraged!~~