Updated: Jun 23, 2019
Hey Sis, I'm rooting for you!
Endurance isn’t just a trait some people are born with and some aren’t. It’s developed when you keep going past the point of wanting to quit.
Guess what? Jesus wants you to have a victorious, joyful, purpose-driven life that makes a difference in this generation. But in order to fulfill your destiny, you need endurance.
Endurance is a powerful thing. Great achievements are rarely accomplished without it. Endurance is the capacity to continue despite stress, fatigue, or adverse conditions. It’s the strength to withstand pain or hardship. And endurance isn’t just a trait some people are born with and some aren’t. It’s developed when you keep going past the point of wanting to quit.
If you’re in a situation where you're ready to quit or give up, you have been given the opportunity to build endurance. In fact, the only way to build endurance is to overcome the things you think you can’t.
When I was completing my medical degree I had so many moments where I wanted to quit, I would cry that I just couldn't take it anymore. I would see many others who started after me beat me to the finish line; but let me tell you something it birthed a spirit of endurance in me that I never even thought I had! It catapulted my strength!
Here are some ways you can start developing strength and endurance in the face of adversity:
1. Bloom where you are planted. Don’t worry about being too young, too old, or not good enough. Right now, as you are, is always the best place to begin.
2. Let go of the things that weigh you down (Hebrews 12:1). Maybe it's a habit, a relationship, or a heart attitude. Could it be fear, pride, shame, jealousy, or bitterness. Whatever it is, laying it aside will only free you up for more of the good that God has in store for you!
3. Replace selfish ambition with Godly ambition. Prioritize obedience to Christ, and focus on helping others the best way you can. When you bring your ambitions in alignment with His purpose, you are poised to go the distance.
When you give up, you know what the end result will be: Game over. Finished. But when you're willing to avoid the path of least resistance and press on—past the point of wanting to quit—you’ll grow in ways you can’t begin to imagine!