We must persevere through everything, no matter what. I remember an earlier stage of my life that this certainly was not my M.O.
My M.O. was more like, “when the going gets tough, close up shop and go get drunk.” I literally lived this way for years. When anything didn’t go perfect, the way I wanted it to, I would be like, “F” this, I am outa here. I don’t need this. I don’t need to put up with this. This is ridiculous.
I just wouldn’t take responsibility and blame others, or even the weather and excuse myself and abdicate myself of any responsibility. Perseverance was not in my vocabulary.
After I got into the process of life change however, things changed. I adopted a new attitude of heart, especially when I came to know God, and realized that I could rely on His strength and faithfulness. I realized that I could do things that I was not willing or able to do previously. There was a new motivation at work.
“As you learn more and more how God works, you will learn how to do your work. 11 We pray that you’ll have the strength to stick it out over the long haul – not the grim strength of gritting your teeth but the glory-strength God gives. It is strength that endures the unendurable and spills over into joy, 12 thanking the Father who makes us strong enough to take part in everything bright and beautiful that he has for us. 13 God rescued us from dead-end alleys and dark dungeons…. Everything got started in him and finds its purpose in him. “
Strength to stick it out over the long haul. I never had the strength, desire, or courage to do that. But he changed it all for me. I can’t take any credit for this, I would have continued the same way forever. Surrender of my own way opened the door for a new way of life.