Don’t Give Up On This Virtue

There’s something to be said about this virtue…

Charles Swindoll tells this story about actor Burt Lancaster: Before becoming a big movie star, young Lancaster was a circus performer—a job he was fortunate to land, considering his less-than-flawless audition. He was asked to perform on the parallel bars, so he leaped on the bars and began his routine. Because he was nervous, his timing was off, and he spun over the bar, falling flat on his face some ten feet below. He was humiliated, but he immediately leaped back on the bar. As he spun at the same point, he flipped off and smashed to the ground once more!

Burt’s tights were torn, he was cut and bleeding, and he was noticeably upset! Despite that, he leaped back again, but the third time was even worse, for this time he fell on his back. Finally, the circus agent came over, picked him up, and said, “Son, if you won’t do that again, You’ve got the job!”

This makes me smile. The story may not have a good landing, but it has a good ending! Even so, there is something to be said about the virtue of perseverance. With it we tend to win in the end! It’s true! Perseverance pays off! That is why history records so many giants of the past extolling it…

For example, Winston Churchill once made a speech that was less than a minute in which he repeated the same words eight times: “Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never… never give in… never give in!” Then he sat down. (Harrow School, October 29, 1941)

The Apostle Paul spoke convincingly of the positive outcome of this virtue when he said, “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).

So let me offer a bit of pastoral advice: Whatever tough times you may be going through right now, stand strong. Keep doing what is right. Don’t Quit! Persevere! Don’t give in, give up, or give out! Ask God to give you a steady walk, a strong heart, and a peaceful mind! Trust the Lord to steady your ship, get you beyond stormy seas and into calm waters. I promise you that Captain Jesus can bring you to safe harbor! Trust your Captain—persevere!

Devotedly yours,

Pastor Ron


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