Perseverance

May 3, 2014


celebrate Jesus Son of God

SCRIPTURE

Water wears away stone.

~Job 14:19, NIV

QUOTE

By perseverance the snail made it to the ark.

~Charles Spurgeon

my thoughts red

One of my favorite N.T. words is translated by AV as patience but NASB translates this compound Greek word as endurance. James uses Job as an example of both patience and endurance in chapter five of his epistle. In verse ten James uses the word makrothymia [AV, patience] which means slow to get heated or hot. This word relates to a self-control issue. In verse 11, the word hypomonē [AV, patience, NASB, endurance] is used. This word means the ability to stay under in terms of bearing a burden. It is this ability to stay under, stay focused and stay at it that separates the strong from the weak. Most of us are tempted to cast off our burden and flee as a bird to the mountains but the secret to success is to stay at it, keep pounding the rock. Recreation, hobbies and pleasant task are easy but to accomplish the difficult, the long-term and sometimes uninspiring is a horse of a different color. The LORD reminded Jeremiah, Is not my word like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces? [Jeremiah 23:29] The hammer will break the rock eventually if we keep pounding. Water will erode a stone but it takes time. Persistence pays: Thomas Edison failed 999 times to create a light bulb but he did not quit and the discovery came on the next experiment. He was successful because he refused to quit.

EXTRA animated

  • Kenny had another rough day, keep praying.
  • GOLDEN GIRLS this morning at 9:00, Cracker Barrel in Hartselle.
  • Men’s Breakfast Sunday Morning at 8:00 in Parlor.
  • DHS girls won their area tournament last night. DBC has 7-8 girls on the team. They played especially well in the championship game.
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