The guy who inspects our fire extinguishers every year at the church noted that his son has developed a strong self-confidence since joining Tae Kwon Do.
I recently read a book by Angela Duckworth entitled, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance which noted that successful people have more "Grit." She defines it as, "perseverance and passion for long-term goals."
Romans 5:3 - 5 3 Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
Seeing long-term challenges through requires endurance. That means that you have to keep your eye on your goals and work every day towards them. "But Pastor, when will it come through?" That depends on you. Can you move your faith 1% closer to God today?
Are you gritty enough to endure something that will produce the character you need to see you through? If you do, you will have hope. Or if you prefer to say it this way, you will see the light at the end of the tunnel.
FYI - This can apply to your life, your marriage, your business, your church - whatever! Moving yourself or a team of people 1% a day will help you realize the vision that God has placed on your heart. Be patient and keep moving.
PRAY: Dear Jesus, help me to be gritty enough to move 1% closer to you today. Then let's do it again tomorrow! AMEN