One of the many joys of Seminary is that you are continually challenged and reminded to put into practice that which you already know. Lately I have been challenged in my baby understanding of perseverance. It is one of those concepts that is so easy to understand yet so difficult to put into practice. After many years of following Christ one would expect life to get easier or more routine. Yet this is simply not the case. Life usually gets harder and as my heart continues to be molded by the Father I am more aware of my selfishness, and the great responsibility I have been given as one entrusted with the Good News. Here is the difficulty in persevering. Life seems like you are always trying to avoid hurling fireballs. If you think for a second you can live life without running towards the Alpha and Omega then you will surely become a target for the hurling fireballs of selfishness which leave you paralyzed and open to the fire that so quickly consumes your love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Growing old has been one of those things that has plagued me with fear. I have seen numerous people (even those who have claimed to know the Creator of the Universe) grow cold in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. However, there are those that amaze me. I have been blessed to see the perseverance of those who have faithfully sought after the Lord forsaking their own selfish desires for years. I have been encouraged and surrounded by godly men such as Dr. Pentecost who continues to this day to faithfully serve the Lord, even at the age of 93! I am thankful for God’s promise to carry onto completion that which he started, yet also reminded that I have a responsibility to be diligent and faithful. May I not become lackadaisical.

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