Persevering Above the Fray

This is our last week of taking a look at life above the fray. We’ve addressed how to think, give, and love. For the last installment, our focus will be how to persevere above the fray. Perseverance is a critical skill that builds character, promotes peace, and honors God.

I don’t know what you may be persevering through right now. Perhaps in your life, matters of broken relationships loom large. These take time to rebuild and restore. Maybe your health or the health of a loved one is a concern. Financial difficulty may be weighing on your heart. Maybe you’re an overwhelmed parent who has too much on your plate. For most of us, it is a combination of these things.

I understand the pain of waiting. It took me nearly twelve years to complete my undergraduate degree because I was a teen mother. I had to care for my child and work full time. My education was a long process that seemed as if it would never end. But then it did.

After what felt like forever, I earned my degree by persevering. The euphoria of being rewarded for twelve years of hard work and longing was more than I could have hoped for.

Please know this truth – God sees you. He has not forgotten you. The concerns of your heart are dear to Him. In order to persevere through whatever season you are in, the answer is always Jesus. Fix your eyes on Him.

The Power of Perspective

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 1For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. -2 Corinthians 4:16-18

I like this. It gives me hope. It provides the perspective that life now will not be life forever. Despite what we are going through in this life, the next life promises abundant joy for those who trust Jesus. Pull back and look at the big picture. We are lavishly loved by an eternal God.

Sometimes keeping this thought at the forefront is difficult. In the day to day madness of life, I need a reminder that the best is yet to come.

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. 4Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. -James 1:2-4

I do not like this verse, but I know it’s true. My flesh hates the idea of finding joy in my hardships. I just want God to swoop in and fix my problems. Taking joy in painful things makes no sense. However, when I think of examples from my own life, I’m reminded of its blessed sweetness and truth.

Discomfort and pain are where growth happens. Growing pains are real but have the end result of refining us. We must decide to receive the gift. Perseverance builds and shapes us, and though it is unpleasant in the midst of trial, the outcome is one of victory.

Stay the course. Press on. Dig in. Persevere.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. -Philippians 4:13

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Hi! I’m Tracy…Christ-follower, wife, mama, writer, blogger, speaker, teacher, dreamer. I love Earl Grey Tea and quiet mornings. Here at Earl Grey and Yellow, the focus is striving to be faithful and appreciate the small things. So glad you stopped by. Please have a look around and subscribe to our newsletter and social media to stay connected.

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