Robert H. Schuller famously said: “Tough times never last, but tough people do.” This quote is all about a character trait called perseverance.
Perseverance is defined as follows:
“1. steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., esp. in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement
2. continuance in a state of grace to the end, leading to eternal salvation”
When times seem difficult I find it is best to focus on the blessings in my life, not the “cursings.” Faith focuses on the eternal, and the enjoyment of the daily blessings. Fear focuses on our judgment of the present circumstances and focuses on the negative things we are saying to ourselves, or that others are saying about us.
Living in the curse, or in the flesh, or, if you are inclined to being religious, under the condemnation of sin, misses the peace, joy, and blessing that can flow from an awakened understanding of the grace of God.
Okay, Charlie, don’t go all hippy-dippy on me, state it plain. What I am trying to say is this: “The more we focus on our judgment of the dire circumstances of our life, the more we live in unhappiness, the harder it is to walk in grace.”
Growing up means that we don’t cry over spilled milk, or water, or dropped ice cream cones. We simply recognize it for what it is, an accident, and go about our business of cleaning up the mess and moving on.
Are you stuck with a car payment you can’t afford? Instead of blaming yourself for making a “dumb” decision, why not focus on the blessing that being able to travel from one place to another brings? I’m not saying this will pay your car payment, but living in a spirit of poverty won’t either.
So that’s what I’m doing this morning, counting my blessings, not my cursings and realizing that claiming my daily peace will give me a heavenly understanding of my life.