New Post:  Are We to Simply Endure?

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I read an article that gave an interesting distinction between endurance and perseverance.

Endurance can simply be holding on.  Out of fear, out of stubbornness, out of the unwillingness to let go.

Perseverance, however, seems to have a different flavor than enduring.

Perseverance was defined as not letting go … with a purpose.  Not letting go because we know the ultimate outcome.

For those of us with chronic illnesses, we don’t always know the  outcome in this lifetime - we don’t know our lifespan, if our conditions will improve or deteriorate, or how our lives will end.

But we do know the ultimate outcome.  We will be with Him.

Some of you have not really understood why I added the past week’s worth of posts to the blog. I hope that Day Five of the postings gave some insight into the “why.”

Many folks simply stopped reading or unsubscribed to the blog during this series..

And that’s ok. I think I expected that to happen.

It’s ok because I know it is part of my story.  A big part.  A part I can go back to and hold on to during the days I am enduring simply by holding on for whatever reason.

But, my story encourages me that I have a purpose - have a goal.  And I need to share that. I am holding fast, not out of fear, but because of the love He has for me.  

Sometimes, I forget.  Some days are so bad, that all I can do is endure.  I know most of us get to that point.

But it is exactly at that point that I have to change my focus to my ultimate goal.  To know Him.  To know Him as much as I possibly can in this lifetime.  To trust Him, to give each moment over to Him.

To persevere for the most important goal of all.

To love Him … no matter what.

Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Just as it is written,

“For Your sake we are being put to death all day long;
We were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”

But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. 

Romans 8:35-39

Don’t just endure, my dear readers.

Persevere.

It’s worth everything.

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