Persevere: My One Word for 2016

Persevere

Persevere. Don’t quit. Continue, even when things are difficult.

My life  is uncharted water. Open sea stretches on every side, no land in sight.

Some days, I’m in the doldrums. Stuck. Going nowhere. Unable to move. I drift without purpose.

Other days, storms rage. I toss back and forth. Struggle to stay afloat. Fear threatens to immobilize me.

Through it all, I cry out, “I do not want to be here. It’s too hard. Change my course!”

Instead, a thick fog surrounds me. Navigation is impossible. I crumble, lay in the bottom of the boat, and cry.

When I finally lift my head, nothing has changed. “I can’t do this,” I declare. “I’m weary. Discouraged. Exhausted. Please, God, help.”

Please, God, help. The only thing I say that matters. Please, God, help takes my attention off myself–my feelings, my circumstances, my plans–and turn me back to the One who loves me.

His answer to my cry is not to change my circumstances or reveal His plan to me. He keeps me in uncharted water.

And He whispers, “Hold on. Don’t give up. Trust Me. I will never leave you or forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6 and Hebrews 13:5) Persevere.

Persevere. Don’t quit. Remain close to God-abide. Continue with God.

Abide was my one word in 2015, but when circumstances changed, overwhelming me, I struggled. I spent too much time complaining.

In 2016, I hear God calling me to persevere. Continue to abide by staying close to Him. Stand firm in my faith.

Then I will be transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit, and my sniveling will become joyful testimony of the hope I have in Christ.

I claim the promise of Romans 5:2-5

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance produces character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

Persevere