As women, especially as women entrepreneurs, how often are we reminded that “persistence pays off”, “there is power in persistence”, and even “never, never, never give up”. Persistence as defined in the dictionary means “continuing firmly or obstinately in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition. Scripture encourages us to be persistent in our prayers. This however, begs the question, how persistent am I and what does persistence look like?
Since these words always bring me back to the faith journey, I am brought back to the scriptures, and today’s word is found in Luke 18:1-8 in the Parable of the Persistent Widow Jesus tells this to demonstrate to his disciples the necessity to pray consistently and never give up. I don’t know about you, but I at times find it difficult to understand how things are changing or see difference in circumstances as I walk through my journey. In this parable the widow experienced this but continued to make her request. This is the example Jesus puts before us. Be persistent even when we “see” no change.
Every morning I listen to a group of songs that I have saved from You Tube. One of them really speaks to me as I contemplate today’s word “Persistence.” The chorus of the song which was written by Don Moen says:
Where there seems to be no way
He works in ways we cannot see
He will make a way for me.
He will be my guide,
Hold me closely to His side
With love and strength for each new day
He will make a way, He will make a way.
Part of this issue of persistence is my own self judgment, that says “I am not doing ‘it’ right!”. Whatever the “it” is; prayer, follow-up, routine, home chores, you name it! When this happens it is a reminder that once again EGO (Easing God Out) has come into full bloom.
At which point it’s important to remind my self the life journey is about “progress not perfection.” There is such a sense of freedom in my soul. The mistaken belief that I am perfect or that God even expects perfection is a lie that binds the soul in duty, obligation, and standards that draws us away from God’s love and guidance.
So the challenge of persistence in our faith life calls us to “be positive” (trust and know God is working), “patient” (know that God’s timing is not our timing, and trust his timing is the best), and “persistent” (continue to ask, continue to walk, and most importantly continue to follow the soul’s desire.)
It truly is the journey that God desires to share with us as we come to know him more fully and allow him to fill our souls.