By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

Favorite wall hanging:
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. –Websters

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’s actively engaged in getting-up when it’s easier to lie down.
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 behind and above the scene:
A hand of grace at work pulling, drawing, deepening the faith of the individual who perseveres.
God, Himself, extending His reach,
Applying His grace,
Administering His strength.
Perhaps, I am speaking to one who is
Wiped out,
Washed out,
Tired out.
Three words for you:
Stay the Course!
Maintain the boat,
Move the oars,
Keep your eyes on Jesus.
He’ll get you to the other side.

"I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus."
Philippians 3:14