and I think if you get on the Apostle Paul's side with this ONE, you'll do yourself well! 12 Not that I have already attained it, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended (laid hold of it); but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:12-14)
I had a dream some years back where some great men of God were standing on a stage together in a notable and globally influential church. One of those men who has particularly impacted my life in a great way through his books 'Wild at Heart' and 'The Way of the Wild at Heart' shouted at near the top of the lungs,
"THERE IS ONE THING TO DO, PERSEVERE!!!"
Another great man by the name of Cesar Castellanos stated words to the effect of, "Everyone has a dream from God. But why do the majority of people never fulfill that dream? The ones that fulfill there God-given dream are the ones that persevere."
I think this is true... because as you persevere:
- successes become more frequent and greater
- failures are transformed into learning curves and life lessons
- trials just make you stronger
- you continue to learn and grow every day, and you never get stagnant
Of couse, there are many other benefits to persevering - but the point is: DON'T STOP! Don't let the past hold you back from what lies ahead. Because the truth is: no man of woman has done anything great in this life and not had to persevere through thick and thin!