I am new to this ‘Word of the Year’ thing on social media, but I like it ;)
I think it’s good to keep something before you, focus on, help define your direction and give you a reminder when you are running through your days, or sometimes, just existing. I had one of those years in 2016. Full of medical setbacks and unanswered questions and conditions, doctors crushing my hope, putting my hope in a bottle of pills and herbs, losing faith until it became just that little mustard seed that was originally deposited so long ago. I lost hope but maybe I really didn’t – or I wouldn’t be this far in my progress of healing. It was a year of great upheaval in health and career, but it also has made me stronger, more compassionate and understanding. I can relate to areas of suffering that I never understood – maybe that’s not something for the resume, but it’s a quality that has opened my mind and heart to those just beginning the journey or have been in this place much longer than my one year of ‘suffering’.
The word PERSEVERANCE came out of my mouth during an interview on January 4th – I was asked how I have been successful in business and transition in life, especially with a few career changes to the path of entrepreneurship. I later thought about that word and why it became so meaningful even more now than it had in the past.
‘I hold a doctrine, to which I owe not much, indeed, but all the little I ever had, namely, that with ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable.’ – T.F. Buxton
Perseverance is: Determination, ‘Steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success’, with purpose and persistance.
With that being said, perseverance is a mindset – there is no failing if we have already in our mind chosen to succeed in our endeavor, our career path, our motherhood, our marriage, our plans and purpose. There my be setbacks or seemingly negative conflicts and circumstances along the way, but with perseverance, we will prevail and conquer.
‘Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.’ – 1 Cor. 13:4-7
‘Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.‘ – James 1:2-4
‘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, 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.‘ – Romans 5:1-5