By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

An inspirational picture hangs on my wall,
above my desk:
An individual with arms bowed out,
oars in hand,
muscles moving, working;
small boat moving across waters.
Background of golden hues,
light fog enveloping.
Caption beneath photo:
There is no substitute for hard work.
-Thomas A. Edison.
Perseverance – To persist in a state, enterprise, or undertaking in spite of counter influences, opposition, or discouragement.
The difference between failure and success does not lie in one’s talent, ability, agility, knowledge, intention … or even desire.
The one who succeeds is the one who perseveres.
Perseverance puts sweat on the brow and muscle in the spirit;
It is actively engaged in getting-up when it’s easier to lie down;
It works against obstacles and doesn't succumb to them.
A persevering person, like all the rest, battles fatigue, frustration, and fear …
But continues to maintain the oars, set the focus,
man the boat.
And above and behind the scene ...
God is there.
His hand of grace at work pulling, drawing, deepening the faith of the individual who perseveres.
There is a reward at the end ... He has promised. (Hebrews 11:6)

Perhaps, I am writing to one who is weary, worn, and just plain washed-out.
Stay the Course;
Maintain your boat, move the oars,
keep your eyes on Jesus.
He’ll get you to the other side.
“He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still. Then are they glad because they be quiet; so He bringeth them unto their desired haven.”
Psalm 107:29-30