Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Hebrews 12:2 (NIV)
What is Perseverance?
Perseverance is characteristic of staying the course, even though it may be difficult. People who are sick with cancer, persevere through treatments of chemotherapy so the cancer may one day die or go into remission.
Perseverance is part of God’s characteristics. The fact that Jesus persevered while on Earth, to die eventually through the torture of crucifixion. Is great example of God staying the course through difficult times.
As a parent, I want my children to be able to persevere through this life. We cannot protect them through life’s challenges, but we can help them to persevere.
Showing Perseverance For Your Family
First is to stand firm in our faith. There are times when I do not want to worship God. Maybe the night before was bad or I as up all night restless about something, and the last thing I want to do in the morning is go to church. Poor me, right? There are people in this world, who would love the luxury of going to church on a weekly basis without the threat of persecution, and I had a rough night so I want to sleep in my bed? We need to stand firm in our faith, that even when we are not “feeling it,” we still choose to worship God. If we quit on church, cause we are tired, what does that say about faith to our children.
The other is to endure. As an adult, we have the ability to quit any time we want. I could quit my job tomorrow. I could quit my marriage at any moment. I could quit anything I want because I have the ability to do so. Who is going to stop me? Are those decisions wise? No, but I have the right to make stupid decisions. That is the reason, we must endure during difficult times, because it shows an example to our children to keep going.
Perseverance is a godly characteristic that we need to show to our children. It is too easy to teach being a quitter. If we show our children that quitting is always a top option during opposition, that may have some negative consequences on their behavior as an adult.
Grow in your perseverance so they can learn from you.
What are some ways, you can show the value of spiritual perseverance to your family? Feel free to let me know in the comment section.