Thursday, November 29, 2012

What is Spiritual Perseverance?

But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. ~ 2 Peter 3:8

I learned my best lessons about perseverance from my grandmother on my mother's side.  Her stomach cancer proved to be a strong opponent.  The doctors removed 2/3 of her stomach and part of her esophagus. That didn't stop her from leading a long and full life, even though she was never able to sleep horizontally after her surgery.  She knew about spiritual perseverance.  She knew God wasn't done with her.  There were still life lessons to teach others, including a grandson who always had questions.

My grandma never stopped praying.  She never ever complained.  Every clock in her home had a different time on it and only she could interpret each one so she would never be late.  She understood God's timing too.  My mother told me how grandma was so filled with enthusiasm on her death bed, eager to meet Jesus and His Mother, Mary, the one my grandma was named after.  She understood  how to read God's clock.  That is the best definition of spiritual perseverance I know.

Here are some tips to help you with spiritual perseverance:
  1. When you are with the Lord, some days will be like a thousand years and a thousand years are like a day.  His timing is out of this world.  Trust His time clock.  There is no need to worry about how slow traffic is moving, he may be slowing it down to protect you from harm or to give you time to pray.
  2. Your time clock will never stop, thanks to Jesus.  He conquered death so that you may have eternal life.  You have enough time to do everything God wants you to do as long as your clock is synchronized with God's clock.
  3. The right people will come into your life at the right time.  Stop watching the clock and live your life.  Savor every minute.  Don't worry how much time is left on the clock.  You have eternity.

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