I Peter Chapter 6 has a list of character traits that we should give attention to.  It states clearly that one builds on another till we are complete and we are effective and productive servants of the Lord.  Somewhere in the middle is perseverance.

Perseverance?  I thought the Constitution guaranteed  we wouldn’t need perseverance.  No?  Maybe the Declaration of Independence.  The Apostle’s Creed.  That’s it.  The Apostle’s Creed.

Perseverance is helpful sometimes.  Like on 30 Rock.  Sometimes 30 Rock is like somebody you meet at a party who insists on telling a long boring joke.  I persevere on 30 Rock because a lot of the time the punch line is so great that the boring part is worth it.  You never know till the last five minutes.  The last episode was like that but you had to get through most of an hour to get to the punch line.

Of course we have to persevere through more than inane comedy don’t we?  Sickness, financial setbacks, relationship upsets.  Our enemy doesn’t want us to get to the punch line.  It seems to me the greater the payoff that’s coming, the bigger the obstacles he puts in our path.  If I hadn’t stuck with it for fifty-five minutes I wouldn’t have got to hear Jack Donaghy drive a stake into the heart of Alec Baldwin’s career.  And if I give up I won’t get to see God do in my life what He wants to do.

Perseverance has a cousin.  Her name is persistence.  Where perseverance has a connotation of sit tight and hold on, persistence is more like ‘keep on doing what you’re doing’.  Reminds me of the song High Hopes.  The picture stuck in my head is the one of the silly old ram buttin’ his head against that dam.  Oops there goes a billion kilowatt dam.   Perseverance is necessary if we are to reach the prize, especially when it’s married to persistence.

Next up, perspicacious.  What does it mean?  Can we use it in a sentence?  Who the heck uses a word like that anyway?


About Angus Lewis

My wife and I lived our whole lives in Arkansas until ten years ago. We moved to the Kansas City area in 2011 (a job change). That was the reason for the 'From a Far Country' title. Our children and grandchildren were in Arkansas. Six months ago we sold our house and bought one in Sherwood, Arkansas and my wife moved back down here. Two weeks ago I retired and moved back too. (I'm probably going to try to find something part time to keep me out of trouble.) So maybe the 'From a Far Country' title is not so much of a fit anymore. But I think I'll stick with it. I'm still not home. Not yet. The Bible says we are all strangers and pilgrims here. Our real home is with God and some day we'll be there. We'll be home.
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3 Responses to Perseverance

  1. manoahswife says:

    Great post. Can’t wait to hear about perspicaciousness. . .

    • Angus Lewis says:

      Thanks. It’s really odd that I was thinking about this post before I read yours. Spooky. Spooky and exciting.

      I guess I should look up perspicacious and find out what it means first.

  2. manoahswife says:

    I don’t find it spooky, I find it exciting that the God is speaking to His children about a subject that is obviously important to Him. We might say–being led by the Holy Spirit. . .

    I did look up perspicacious, just so I didn’t feel so stupid. Couldn’t remember what it meant. It means: “acute mental vision or discernment”. Sounds quite appropriate to me!

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