Heard this quote today. I think its going to be my mantra from now on. =)
"You don't drown by falling in the water. You drown by staying there."
When you fall down (and you will) get back up. I've always heard this idea, but I never really listened until recently. I love jesus, but I'll be the first to admit that a lot of times life still stresses me out. My job drives me nuts. Bills are annoying. I never get enough sleep. I'd LOVE to know if I'm going to get into grad school. Sometimes worldly stuff just gets me in its grip and its hard to focus on Jesus. And I HATE when I complain all morning and at 2 or 3 in the afternoon I realize I've not thanked God nearly enough that day. So, I've been looking up some scripture about perseverance. Its easier to get through all that day to day worldly junk when you know what Jesus says about it... so I thought I'd share.
Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.
Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.
Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.
2 Thessalonians 1:4
Therefore, among God's churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life.
You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.
1 Chronicles 16:11
Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always.
All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.
By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king's anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
2 Thessalonians 3:5
May the Lord direct your hearts into God's love and Christ's perseverance.
I'm working hard to persevere. I'm praying you are too.