(My definition) Perseverant: One who perseveres
Persevere: maintain a purpose in spite of difficulty, obstacles, or discouragement; continue steadfastly.
The following recently came into my life to encourage me to persevere in moments when it seems I needed that encouragement the most...
This little guy lost his mama.
He made our yard his home. He would come regularly morning and night. Sometimes he would spend whole days "with us".
He tried to connect with other deer that would come through, but they would always leave him behind. He was too little to keep up and they would not wait for him. A few of the bucks even chased him away from them.
But he continued.... A Perseverant!
I looked down and noticed this between our patio bricks still to be cemented in place.
One little flower, growing all alone. In a harsh, dry, difficult, rough place.
Closer examination revealed it's lack of exquisite beauty. No breathtaking awe to consider. Instead, a sickly, spotted, uncared for little thing. It would have seemed easy for it to just die. Or to have never have gone through the effort of growing in the first place.
But it grew, raising itself out of the cracks and dark. Almost proud as if to reveal what it had become... A Perseverant!
"Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,whenever you face trials of many kinds,because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything." (NIV)
"Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way." (MSG)I want to be a Perseverant!
What is encouraging you to persevere today?...