Verses, pictures, and messages keep landing in my path that have the word “PERSEVERE” in them. While running for Getty this past year and a half, I have continually come across verses that had phrases such as ‘finish strong’, and ‘run the race set before you with perseverance’. They say when God uses a word more than 2 times in scripture, its because He wants you to pay attention to it. I believe in my heart that God is going to continually plant “persevere” in me until the roots are too deep to dig up.
The antonym of persevere, is “give up”.
“Giving up” is out of the question. It is out of the question for the cure for SMA, when I have my little Getty fighting with every cell of her body.
“Giving up” is out of the question for going to Hillsong College, when my little sister gives up her Disneyland fund to help me get there, and when a 4 & 7 year old are saving their weekly allowance of $1 in a mason jar so I can go. I have no way to repay them for just how much they are actually sacrificing. “Giving up” is out of the question because of all the people who know me and who don’t who believe in me and are making it possible for me to go. It actually brings tears to my eyes.
I decided to focus a Bible study I am helping develop on “Perseverence”, for the sheer fact that it keeps coming up.
Then I get an email from Hillsong tonight:
“It is common at this time, for some of our Students who are about to arrive, to have distractions come their way, often in the form of family challenges, finances, unexpected situations, job offers, etc. My encouragement is found in the 12th Chapter of Hebrews “And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.” The Message version is even more graphic, “Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how He did it. Because He never lost sight of where He was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—He could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever”
God, thank you for continually reminding me that I need too, but more importantly, I CAN persevere. That the struggles, the weights, the heartaches, the betrayals, the hurdles, and the pain, they are just small distractions on the course of this race. YOU ran the race. YOU never lost sight of where you were going. YOU put up with everything that was thrown at you and the best part in all this > YOU made it, and I follow YOU. I am running in a path that you, the VICTOR has already paved. I will keep my eyes focused on what YOU have for me because I can see YOU at the end. I will keep working on being a liaison for SMA and finding the cure because you have told me to PERSEVERE in my races and awareness efforts. I will continue to keep sight of Hillsong when the money is not there because YOU have pushed me through the encouragement of strangers, children, family, and your word and YOU will provide all I need to persevere. I will “”Strip down, start running—and never quit!” I will run the races you have put me. Amen!