Martin Luther King Jr. said, if you can't fly, then run; if you can't run then walk if you can't walk then crawl, but by all means, keep moving" We are encouraged not to become weary in doing good and to run our race with perseverance. We are told never to give up because quitters never win. But what about when you are feeling exhausted from the weight of this world? What happens then when we are facing a global pandemic, unemployment is at an all-time high, we have civil unrest and are on the brink of civil war, and when as a nation and world, we have suffered so much loss? Can you still find the courage to persevere? The answer is YES! Paul wrote to the church of Corinth to encourage them while he was awaiting execution these words that I hope too will encourage you- "But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses so that Christ's power may rest in me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecution, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong." (2 Corinthians 12:9-10) He recognized that in all the things that he had experienced when he was weak and tired, it was Christ who gave him the strength to endure it all. I am often asked how I have remained peaceful and not embittered by the things I have suffered? With the follow-up question of, aren't you tired yet? And like Paul, I too have to recognize that I had not been able to endure the hardships and difficulties of this life without Christ's strength at work in my life.
Perseverance matters to your success. Keep knocking, keep doing, keep building and never give up. You are one step away from the finish line. Andrea Rose-Butler