STAY THE COURSE

STAY THE COURSE
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.
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Caption beneath photo:
PERSEVERANCE
“There is no substitute for hard work.”
Thomas A. Edison.
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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.
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Perhaps, I am speaking to one who is
Weary,
Wondering,
Waiting,
Questioning.
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.
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"I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus."
Philippians 3:14