Sharing: Time Talent Treasure
This word requires some personal thought. When have you been persistent? How often are you persistent? How selective are you about being persistent? Are you just stubborn and interpreting this as positive persistence? Or persistence because you just like to be ‘right’ most of the time?
PERSIST: ‘to take a stand, stand firm’; 1. to go on resolutely or stubbornly in spite of opposition, importunity, or warning; 2. to remain unchanged or fixed in a specific character, condition, or position. (Webster) Gospel: ‘The widow remained persistent to the judge in desiring a just decision.’ And she got results as the judge became nervous about not giving her a decision.
Persistence is a word or action that should be recognized or desired for its positive nature in our society. However, we more often notice the negative actions being more persistent than those that are good. Our readings lately have shown that God desires persistence in His people. Particularly in relationship with Him. Pray unceasingly. Successful people are usually persistent. But do we agree with what is successful? Successful relationships, marriages, jobs, educational goals, and so forth. Or is success defined by the bottom line only with no regard as to how this is achieved? Persistence according to God’s definition is a desired aspect of character. Persistence in our relationship with Him means that we never lose sight of His importance in our daily lives. If our faith is our guiding principle, then persistence in living its truth is a must. But how easy it is to get lazy, deaf, mute, and blind when not challenged. And how difficult it is when we perceive a wrong and are challenged to do something about it, not once but over and over again until we get the ‘just decision.’ Positive persistence may not be a popular activity at this moment, but it is soul saving when it is a living character of our being.
by Kathy Reilly