Today, I am thrilled to have Joseph Lalonde visiting The Scenic Route. Joseph is passionate about inspiring and equipping other leaders.
You can read more of his encouraging words at www.jmlalonde.com.
Through our journey in life we will all come face to face with struggles. Situations that will make us want to quit. And sometimes we do.
But why do we end up quitting? Is there a reason we’re unable to persevere and overcome the situation?
I feel we can do better in the area of perseverance and pushing through to overcome the troubles of our lives. Especially since they don’t compare to the struggles many others face.
There are people facing extreme poverty. Not just a minimum wage job but no job at all. They might even be living on the street. But while living on the street they’ve learned to be the most generous person you’ll have ever met.
There are people like Nick Vujicic who was born without limbs. He’s had to persevere growing up with the abilities of everyone else. He’s taken his disability and made it a platform.
There are people who were born with diseases that cripple their bodies. I recently met a young girl with Osteogenesis Imperfecta, better known as brittle bone disease. Her bones can break at the slightest of touches. Yet she radiated joy and peace through her ordeal.
Now, what does this have to do with perseverance? Everything.
We often feel our situations are hopeless. There’s nothing left for us. And it’s time to give up.
Our thoughts are so short-sighted. Our resolve too weak.
And yet when I see people like Nick or my friend with Osteogenesis Imperfecta or the homeless man who comes to my church, I’m reminded that my struggles aren’t so bad. They’re mild compared to others.
Instead of complaining about the horrible day at work, I need to become thankful for the opportunity to work.
When my knees and feet hurt after a run, I need to be thankful. I have hands and feet. There’s nothing wrong with them.
Or when I’m feeling down I can think of the beautiful, young girl who has to worry about any move she makes for fear of breaking yet another bone.
Looking at these three people, I see one common denominator. It’s not age. It’s not race. No, it’s something else completely.
The common denominator is the fact that they have a trust in Jesus Christ. Because of this trust, they know where our race ends.
This gives them the ability to persevere to the end. Realizing this, I’m able to reevaluate my life.
I’m able to see that life goes on. My troubles aren’t so bad. And all I need to do is persevere until the end.
Question: How about you? What do you notice about those who persevere through the trials of life? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.
This is a guest post by Joseph Lalonde. He is a youth leader at Oak Crest Church of God and leadership blogger at JMLalonde.com. Joseph shares leadership tools and encourages you to become a better leader. Connect with him on Twitter or at his blog.