If you caught my Facebook Live Video last week, I mentioned that this is a really busy and chaotic season in my life. This time of year, every year, is stuffed full of events and outings that we don’t typically do the rest of the year. The feeling of go-go-go and very little rest can make me feel pretty defeated. While I’m constantly doing things, I’m not really getting ahead on anything. It’s as if my whole life moves forward at lightning speed without my permission while I attempt to cling to time with my family.
Often towards the end of a busy season, my personal care, consistent exercise and even goals I had for my business have fallen to the wayside for the sake of “business”. It leaves me with a really frustrated feeling that I’ve let everything on my schedule rule the way I do my day to day life. It can feel exhausting when I’m in the middle of this conflict between “doing all the things” and keeping my life simple and grounded. How can I keep going at this pace? How can I fit all of these things into 24 hours?!
I’m sure you know that feeling all to well yourself. But as I am faced with this tiring, overwhelmed feeling, I know that what I need is to persist and continue working towards what my goals are.
Sometimes goals take a back seat. Sometimes we have to take a step back and focus on all of the other things going on in our lives. But even when this is the case, the best thing I’ve realized is that I don’t have to hit “pause” on these dreams and goals. Instead, we can move forward, even if it’s a fraction of what you wanted to accomplish, you’re still moving forward.
I’ve had seasons where my clean house took a back seat to everything else going on. But I didn’t neglect it completely. I did what I could with the time I had to clean the bare minimum. The same goes for personal care. At this season of my life, personal care is about 30 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes at night. A few years ago it was half of that and in a few years, it may be different again. Even if it’s not what I planned, I can still take care of myself with what I do have.
All of these examples have one thing in common: persistence. Being persistent has two meanings, one being continuing your course of action even though it’s difficult. And the other meaning is a prolonged existence of something. Either of these definitions mean the same thing to me: Doing what it takes and moving forward, even if slowly.
It is SO okay to do things more slowly than you want. My opinion is that sometimes, there are benefits to this. When I pray for God to grant me something on my time table and it doesn’t happen, I get frustrated. It’s a natural human reaction I suppose. But this frustration either makes me work harder, rethink how I’m going about something or it makes me sit back and say, “You’ve got this, God. I trust you.” In that last scenario I may learn to be patient.
But all the while, I keep persisting. I don’t sit back and do nothing. I’m always moving forward, even if at snail’s pace. God persists with us too. He is our “prolonged or continued existence.” He’s always there, constantly listening, constantly guiding.
Examples and scripture about being persistent is all over His Word too. He’s given us such a great tool and such a great opportunity to learn through His Word. Perseverance is what many of Jesus’ disciples had while the spread the Word. They were doing something despite it being difficult. They were moving forward, even if not at their pace.
The definition of perseverance is being persistent in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success. Notice it doesn’t mean giving up on success, just that there is a delay in achieving it.
As I’m headed in to my busy season, I’m keeping this arsenal of Bible Verses about perseverance and persistence handy to remind myself that even though I’m chronically “busy” this season, I will still move forward. I will continue to grow, evolve and accomplish my goals even when I’m out of time for the day. I will continue to be persistent as I slowly move forward in this season.
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