Thomas Alva Edison is the famed inventor of the incandescent lightbulb, a creation that forever
revolutionized society as we know it. Edison is often hailed as a great genius, but even with such great intellect Edison showed strong determination. In fact, it took Edison 1,000 attempts to make a workable filament for his lightbulb, and he famously once said “I have not failed, I have only found 1,000 ways that don’t work.”
Reggie Jackson, the great baseball player, was famous for leading his team to win the World
Series several times. He is well known for his pivotal home runs that helped him win championships, but many people do not know that Reggie Jackson also holds the world record for the most strike outs in the history of Major League Baseball, but he never gave up baseball and kept on hitting home runs. What is the connection between these two stories? Both of these famous men forever stamped their name in the annals of history through their perseverance. Edison and Jackson both refused to give up on their dreams and both reached the top of the mountain.
The Bible also has a similar message. Colossians 1:11 says “being strengthened with all power
according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience. God wants us to persevere both in life and its struggles. Life itself will always continue, and even if it’s full of pain, tough times, or disappointments, time will wait for no one. God commands us to persevere in these periods of our life. In fact, Romans 12:12 says: “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
God wants us to continue marching along in life like Christian in the Pilgrim’s Progress because the road up the mountain is never easy, but the cross on the top is unforgettable.It might be easy to turn around halfway, give up, forever condemn ourselves to stay in the valley, and slink on the couch while drenching our sorrows in buckets of ice cream. But that is not God’s plan, His plan is much greater, and these sufferings might be hard, but they are temporary. 2 Corinthians 4:17 says“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.”
Paul, writer of the Epistle to the Corinthians, endured through great suffering and at many times
was often beaten and thrown out of the city, but each and every time he got up and kept preaching the gospel to the unsaved. He suffered in the hand of many persecutors from the Jewish leaders to Nero, but he never stopped until the end. He understood that perseverance through suffering would give him more glory and crowns in heaven that surpass any luxury or comfort that this world can offer. God wants us to never give up and never give to the fight; the end of the tunnel is in sight and it is more glorious than anyone could have ever imagined. Keep running the long race; there is a finish line even if you can not see it around the bend. Always push forward and never stop fighting.
2 Timothy 4:7 ~ I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
~ Yesh Varghese
Yeshuwa Varghese (15) is on staff with CLM/TPS Chapel and a student at The Potter's School.