Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Perseverance

To persevere is to persist in a purpose or a task in the face of obstacles!
 
Sunday Cole met a few obstacles. 
 
The first
 
We played basketball outside a ton that afternoon.  The hoop only lowers to 7 1/2 feet.  Keith and I determined that Cole shot over 50 times and didn't make the ball once.  Yet, he kept on trying and trying and trying and trying.  He started to show signs of frustration but didn't let it stop his efforts.  In the evening he says to me, "Mom I can't make it in the hoop.  But I'll get bigger, right?  Then I can make it."
 
The second
 
Cole still cannot ride his bike, even with training wheels, so I took it upon myself to practice with him on the first warm day of the year.  Riding his bike was a sore spot with both he and I last summer.  He just couldn't seem to push through the, "I can't" business and keep trying.  Sunday afternoon was no different.  He started out motivated and excited to tackle the task, but slowly he gave up.  I would push him and get him started, he would peddle for three seconds and then give up.  "It's too hard.  I can't do it mommy."  He got off and gave up after only a few minutes of trying.  Ugghh.
 
The two obstacles Cole faced had very different outcomes.   With the first he persevered, with the second he threw in the towel.  He is 3, nearly 4, so I will choose to focus on the fact that he DID, in fact, persevere through one of the obstacles.  His perseverance in basketball deserves praise. 
 
Every child needs to learn the value of perseverance
 
Perseverance is an essential component to the Christian faith
 
If our children can develop this virtue at any early age through everyday experiences this will surely help them to persist in their relationship with Jesus.
 
Many of us know that walking with Jesus is no cake walk.  In fact, in the face of obstacles it can be quite challenging to persevere. 
 
There are tons of distractions in this world that are dangled in front of us and can turn our eyes off of the purpose of our faith which is to "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind." [Matthew 22:37-38] 
 
There are obstacles dropped on our path DAILY tempting us to quit this Jesus fella and turn back to our own devices and plans.
 
There is no question that our faith will be tested.  
 
But true faith perseveres.
 
"Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.  Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything." 
James 1:2-4
 
My hope is that the obstacles Grayden, Cole, and Allie face as children will help prepare them for life with Jesus by developing a perseverance that withstands the worst and trickiest of obstacles AND helps them maintain maturity of faith. 
 
Join me and pray the following:
 
Lord, may my children learn the value of perseverance at a young age through many kinds of different obstacles and trials.  May this perseverance overflow into their faith as they walk with Jesus.  And may their perseverance in faith finish it work so that they may be mature and complete, not lacking anything they would need in order to Love the Lord their God with all their heart, soul, and minds!!!
 

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