The Bear Crossing April 2018
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
– Galatians 6:9 (NIV)
I enjoy running. I’m not alone in that, but I think I’m in the minority. The apostle Paul may or may not have been a fan himself, but he did compare life to a race. We often hear that “life is a marathon, not a sprint,” and the point is clear. Life takes perseverance. Perseverance is defined as “steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.” Synonyms include persistence, tenacity, steadfastness, resolve, and determination. It is not a very popular word because it often makes life seem harder in the moment. It tries our patience. It causes us to question ourselves, others, and sometimes even God. It requires us to embrace failure as part of the journey. It asks us to stay when it seems easier to leave. It bids us to endure when we would rather escape. It prods us to do the right thing, even though it seems to always go unrewarded. It begs us to do good again, and again, and again. Perseverance is the voice that says “get up” every time we fall, no matter if it is the 100th time. Perseverance is the decision we make to never give up. Perseverance is also very noble and admirable when we see it in others. It inspires us when we recount it in events and people like D-Day, Jesus’ crucifixion, Bethany Hamilton, Thomas Edison, and Rocky Balboa.
The thing about a race is that you do not get a medal if you stop short of the finish line. Marathon runners have to run all 26.2 miles to get the prize. Giving up at mile 25 does not afford anyone a victory. However, if we do not give up, we will be rewarded. Just like a marathon runner who completes the final step of their 26.2-mile journey, we will reap the benefits of doing good if we do not give up. We must persevere and remain faithful in our marriages, parenting, careers, and faith so that “at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” (Gal. 6:9).
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