Monday, 22 January 2018
Persistence: An essential human value

Persistence: An essential human value

By Abundant Robert K. Awolugutu
THERE is one fundamental truth about humans; to become winners in life, we must develop the quality of persistence.

Most successful people encountered failure, heart-breaking challenges, difficulties, disappointments, despondency, but became champions because they refused to quit.
Persistence implies the indomitable spirit to continue doing something despite some difficulties or opposition to it. A persistent person does not consider defeat to be the conclusion to his dream or vision for a better life. They know challenges, difficulties, disappointments, heart shattering problems and discouragements will cross their path but their motivation and inner drive to get what they want make them persist until they succeed.
The journey of success is no doubt an uphill one which requires a persistent attitude to succeed. A person who is persistent does not know when to quit and that’s why they succeed.
An abundant life does not come easy. One does not only need clear-cut goals, but also the ability to endure, to remain focused, to be resilient, to have steely determination, undying enthusiasm, and last but not least a commitment and resolve to succeed no matter the odds.
There are countless stories of people, who failed many times in their life, but became world champions who bequeathed a legacy. We can think of people like Bill Gates of Microsoft, Steve Jobs of Apples and Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook who all dropped out of college. Thomas Edison, who is credited with many spectacular inventions, failed close to about 10,000 times before giving us the light bulb. Their spirit of persistence paid off.
Heber J. Grant once commented: “I know of no easy formula to success. Persist, persist, PERSIST; work, work, WORK- is what counts in the battle of life.” Get the point! Work and persistence must go together. If you have a goal which you think about most of time, it will not appear in your life if you do not labour towards it. To persist is to keep at it or work relentlessly until the goal is achieved.
Persistence is a tool of achievers. It is an essential human value for success in the religious or secular world. There are scriptures that give us an insight into persistence. There are also stories that illustrate the importance of this human virtue.
Bible tells us difficulties are inevitable in life. However, when we are able to endure and overcome the challenges, the results will be good. The secret is to have the capacity to endure the pain that comes with the process of reaching our goals. If we are able to endure to the end, we will be happy with the results we get.
The apostle James wrote: “My brothers and sisters, you will have many kinds of trouble. But this gives you a reason to be very happy. You know that when your faith is tested, you learn to be patient in suffering. If you let that patience work in you, the end result will be good. You will be mature and complete. You will be all that God wants you to be.” (James 1:2-4).
James is saying that when we have high goals to achieve, we should anticipate trouble or some kind of suffering. For instance, will you look at your circumstances and give up or will you trust the LORD to see you through? We should keep faith with God even when the odds are against us. God will work a miracle that we will be happy with.
Jesus Christ taught the people in his time about the principle of persistence. His teachings on persistence are still relevant to us today.
Jesus told a parable to illustrate the point. Suppose a friend of yours visited you from another town. At the time of the visit, you had no food for him. You then visit another friend late in the night to humbly request food for your visitor. Your friend gives you excuses that he is already in bed and would not get out of bed to give you the food.
Jesus said, “I tell you, maybe friendship is not enough to make him get up to give you the bread. But he will surely get up to give you what you need if you continue to ask. So I tell you, continue to ask, and God will give to you. Continue to search, and you will find. Continue to knock, and the door will open for you.
Yes, whoever continues to ask will receive. Whoever continues to look will find. And whoever continues to knock will have the door opened for them. (Luke 11:8-10).
When we commit to doing something worthwhile, we will emerge winners if we don’t give up. I love the way Ralph Waldo Emerson put it: “That which we persist in doing becomes easier for us to do - not that the nature of the thing is changed, but that our power to do is increased.” Remember that persistence gives birth to confidence and confidence personal power to act and achieve.
We have been created to persist in life. Try to make a mark wherever you work. Even with little things persist. With that same spirit you can accomplish great things for the glory of God.
The devil has a way of causing us to doubt ourselves and our God and his ability to work miracles in our life. When you lose faith in God, you also lose the power to press on to achieve your goals.
Bible counsels us to be steadfast in our faith, we should endure tribulation and any form of trials and temptations, even to the point if we have to die and God will reward us with the crown of life.
Rev.2:10 says, “Don’t be afraid of what will happen to you. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison. He will do this to test you. You will suffer for ten days, but be faithful, even if you have to die. If you continue to be faithful, I will give you the reward of life.”
I knew some people, who were not too rich, but are living in their own self-built mansions because of the daily improvements and little changes they made in their life coupled with tenacity of purpose and persistence.
In conclusion, there is no worthwhile goal we cannot accomplish if we persist. What important changes do you want to make in your life? Don’t give up on your goals and dreams. When you encounter challenges, your mind will think of the worst. It will scare you and convince you to give up. That should not happen to you. Set a goal and apply the principle of persistence to obtain the desired results.
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