Fortitude. Endurance. Patience. “Stick-to-itiveness.” These words describe an under-rated power — a strong “something” — found in people who overcome adversities and triumph in the normal demands of everyday living. No one ever makes a deep impact in life and on others without these qualities.
Sadly, these character traits are in short supply in our world. “Quick, instant, fast, faster and fastest” are the mantras of today's marketers. Opinions are often formed by a quick listen to short “sound bites.” Life-altering decisions are regularly made on the basis of temporary feelings. Marriages and friendships are trashed over relatively little things — things that could be fixed with some time and attention. Lots of people are driven by the pressure to “have it now!” — whatever the instant “it” might be.
There's a better way to live. Take a look at how this better way is described in the Bible:
So let's not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don't give up, or quit. — Galatians 6:9 (Msg)
We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised. — Hebrews 6:12 (NIV)
People of character know how to endure. They know the value of patient waiting. They're not pressured by the urges of a moment, but are disciplined and dedicated to doing good, doing right, working hard, staying the course, and not giving up, over the long haul. They realize that, in the short run it might seem that others are speeding past them, but in the long run winners are the ones that remain in the race; winners are the ones who will not quit.
Stick to it!