By: Jennifer Wells
“Not only that but we also glory in tribulations knowing that tribulation produces perseverance and perseverance character and character hope. Now hope does not disappoint because the love of God has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Romans 5:3- 5.
Perseverance means “endurance”. Trials and tribulation produces endurance when we exercise faith during those difficult times. Faith produces its own reward.
Today was about endurance and persevering through some of the early consistent headwinds that we were faced with this morning. Actually, the headwinds were intermittent throughout the 90 mile bike ride today.
Personally, I find riding into a headwind for miles on end to be one of the more challenging activities to engage in. So today I prayed for strength to practice perseverance and work on endurance. Through perseverance I built more character and through character building more hope that I could endure the headwinds and make it to the church today!
How does this relate to faith? We are told to persevere in prayer, to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, spread the gospel despite rejection from the non-believers and much more. By persevering in the tenants of faith through our daily lives we can have hope for better things to come.