Back to our pizza. We continue to experiment on friends with the many facets of creating the ultimate chewy, crisp pizza crust that makes one's mouth water as it is pulled from the hot oven. My attitude here is just one example of where I fall short of the definition of being persistent. "The definition of perseverance means that they have a determined continuation in something with a steady and continued action of belief that occurs over a long period of time amongst and despite especially difficult circumstances."
That is not me but I wish it was and I am trying to be more attuned to that character trait as I age.
In reflecting on earlier years I remember throwing away failed sewing projects instead of persevering through removing seams and learning from my mistakes. I remember dumping disaster desserts as well as their recipes in the garbage instead of reevaluating the "wrong turns" and trying again. Unfortunately I see this played out more and more in young people's lives today. What happened to the era of Ben Franklin where you were expected to just keep trying-hang in there? Giving up has become the norm rather than the exception! The Bible speaks about this trait in James 1:2-3
"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." In investigating the background of James you learn that James was writing to Christians who were being put death for their faith! This was a call to the ultimate in perseverance, a far cry from spoiled food. James was pleading with them to persevere in their faith of the Lord Jesus. In fact later in the same chapter, verse 12, he says,
"Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him."
I know I must persevere in areas of my physical life but what about my spiritual walk with the Lord? Am I standing strong in my faith, boldly proclaiming it no matter the reactions? I don't have to face death as the early Christians did, thankfully. But I want to be true to what I believe in my heart and daily share it with others. So I will persevere and I challenge you to do the same, no matter the obstacles!