The Answer: Persistence

And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off?

Luke 18:6-7

The question: Why is this Journey towards my dreams so frustrating?

This Journey that I am on has taught me how to be persistent. When you have an expectation, when you know who you’re believing in to come through for you, you unwillingly develop the character trait of persistence. 

God has a way of developing things in us without us even realizing it. In my own life he built this new characteristic in his silence. Everyday I wake up and every night I go to sleep I search for God’s answers to my prayers. My expectation is based on the fact that he is God and he does not lie. He is all knowing, he is my provider and I persistently seek him everyday. 

“Selfishness is a hindrance to persistence…”

To keep believing for things that you cannot see and have excitement as if it has already happened stretches your faith. Persistence is the act of not only believing but doing. Even though you can’t do what you want right now there is something you can do to keep you going towards your goal. 

I realized that selfishness is a hindrance to persistence. All I could do is sit and worry about myself and what was not happening in my life. God opened my eyes to my selfishness, he said “what about the people around you?” It sounds weird but persistence and serving go hand in hand. 

I didn’t become persistent towards my goals until I started serving. I first signed up and served in the greeting ministry at my church once a month. Then God said to me “what about your family?” So often we run to serve in church first and neglect our family. I then started doing little projects around the house, cleaning, cooking for my family and I started feeling better about my situation.

You have to love God more than you love your calling…”

I realized I started feeling better because I was no longer able to sit and just think of my troubles, I was to busy serving so it cancelled out my selfishness leaving room for persistence to grow in me. 

You have to love God more than you love your calling. Your automatic response to that statement is probably “Of Course I love God more.” Do you? If you did you wouldn’t have time to be upset about what’s not happening.  I’m not saying that you shouldn’t get tired or frustrated, but you should always be able to bounce back and keep on going because you know who you ultimately serve. Persistently chase Christ, everything else will fall into place. 

Today’s prayer:

Thank you Lord for your love and kindness, it is truly better than life. Lord search our hearts and reveal what we have put before you. Help us to always keep you first place in our lives. Lord you are worthy to be praised. 

In the mighty name of Jesus Amen!

Love, 

Danielle

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