Perseverance

definition: Steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.

Just  the sound of the word makes me feel exhausted, tell me the truth now doesn’t the thought of doing something despite difficulty just puts a bad taste in your mouth? I know it does for me.

Look a Thomas Edison for example. Now here is a man who despite constant failure finally figured out the right material for the  light bulb, he didn’t give up he persevered.

Lets take that word to another level. Philippians 4:13 says  “For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength”

So with that thought in mind Perseverance really don’t look that bad at all. Our difficulties look like child’s play now that we grasp Christ as our strength and our success is inevitable.

This is no free pass to slack off but a call to act on who we were called to be. Will you stay in the comfort of your boat or will you heed the call and walk on water?

 

 

 

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Transformation

Photography by Yelizaveta Semerik

A friend of mine sent me a picture of this caterpillar she saw on her walk.  I was then reminded that one time I was like that caterpillar. Crawling around with my face in the dirt, wallowing in self pity and regret.

Then one day the caterpillar went into a cocoon, for me that reminds me of my encounter with God and he revealed to me my true identity, it took me time to grasp the concept of who I really am in His eyes.

    Finally I broke free like the caterpillar from it’s cocoon, it spread it’s wings and flew  free from it’s prison.

   The beauty that He sees in me is fully displayed glorifying Him. I fly freely never to return to my former self.

   You never see the butterfly return to it’s cocoon because it is no longer part of it’s identity. Just like my old nature on how I viewed myself no longer exists, it has faded away and I now embrace my new nature.

2 Corinthians 5:17 NLT

 This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!