An eminent psychiatrist, Dr. George Crane, recently listed various ingredients necessary for greatness. Among those qualities he noted are some you’d expect to find . . . talent, responsibility, etc. Then, surprisingly, he said that physical stamina is also necessary! He reasons that many men do not reach the apex of their life endeavors until quite late in life and, therefore, endurance is necessary. He cited Winston Churchill as a prime example.
What is true in the physical realm of life is also true in the spiritual part of living. If we are to reach the ultimate in what God wants us to be, there must be spiritual endurance. This quality is called “long-suffering” as well as “patience” in the bible. The apostle Paul even lists long – suffering as a fruit of the Spirit.
In this journey on earth, it’s the little things that drive us to despair. To reach your goal in life will take endurance, but it’s worth the struggle. In the end, you’ll be glad you didn’t give up. In the book of Mark 13:13, the word of the Lord says: “But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.”
It is so easy to fill our lives with the urgent and forget about the really important! We get so busy doing “religious things,” “personal and career wise kind of a thing,” but where is the Lord in all our busyness? Outside or in the inside? Too many of us like to keep God in a Sunday – kind – of – box. It’s nice to go to His House . . . but to take Him home with us may be a bit too close for comfort. His presence may cramp our style.
Our journey is a complex one. Somewhere between childhood innocence and now, life has become too grim! Who says that being a Christian means you must have a long face? To be joyful is a choice! To be anxious is a choice! Whatever you want and wherever you want to settle yourself into is a matter of choice. So, let us choose to be joyful and submit to God everything about us and everything in us by faith . . . Our God is an able!
8Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true,
whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just,
whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely,
whatsoever things are of good report;
if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise,
think on these things.