“Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest. How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep? Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: so shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.” Proverbs 6:6-11
Endurance : the ability to withstand hardship or adversity especially : the ability to sustain a prolonged stressful effort or activity a marathon runner’s endurance : the act or an instance of enduring or suffering endurance of many hardships
If anyone has lived long enough, they should begin to realize that this life calls for endurance.
It is not a race that we are in.
Every day calls for new challenges and possible road blocks that may prevent us from moving forward. But if we remember the story of the hare and tortoise we know that the one that ran the fastest didn’t finish first.
There is a great value in just hanging in there. There is a great value in developing persistence.
Maybe you’re tired of getting up every day to go to a job that may well not suit you. But because you’ve stayed the course, the payoff eventually is better than not working there.
And it seems to me at least that every day has challenges and even mishaps that can get us loaded down and anxious.
It’s so easy to caught-up in a stream of thoughts concerning what to do in this situation, or how to navigate a possible financial concern ahead.
Over-thinking can be a monster to overcome.
Many of the things that we think may go wrong, actually never happen.
We conjure-up all kinds of scenarios and possibilities, and more-often-than-not, things have a way of working out, whether in financial situations, or other areas of life.
But having a mindset that is cued to the long term will develop an endurance that will be sustained through all kinds of set-backs, difficulties, and hardships.
One sees the hurdles ahead and then paces themselves for the journey.
Consider your life and particularly the days in which we are now all living in, as a long-distance marathon.
One certainly doesn’t race through a marathon, but paces themselves so that they can be sustained and finally come to the finish line.
~ Stephen Hanson
Stephen Hanson of In His Truth Ministries came to The LORD is a special way in 1975 and has prophesied regularly since. In these end-time birthing pangs we are reminded that judgment must first begin with the household of God. Will we be prepared and ready?
Stephen is a full-time Artist of original architectural, landscape, portrait, still-life and spiritual oil paintings, available at StephenHansonArtist.com