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This too shall pass DAY 13

Many moons ago I did the Ironman Race in Port Elizabeth, a gruelling triathlon that takes almost the whole day. I grew up in a house where I saw my dad finish multiple Comrades marathons. I had the background of endurance races, but this was by far the biggest thing I ever faced. The race layout was set up in such a way that the start and finish line was in view of one another. I remember vividly early the morning when I walked to the finish line and said out loud: “I will see you in thirteen hours!” And so it was. This ‘starting with the end in mind’ really helped me to endure in the tough moments of the race where I wanted to bail. What I learned in that day has served me in persevering in some of the toughest seasons of my life.

…always perseveres.

To “persevere” is to remain, or more literally, to remain under the pressure!

Why does true love persevere? Because it is based on something more valuable and substantial than emotions. The God-kind of love is founded on commitment.

Commitment keeps you in place when your feelings want you to run. By persevering you’re given the opportunity to grow, change and mature. Persevering grows you — the inside you — and makes you a better person.

We all have challenges in this time to persevere. As we are still uncertain if the current lockdown will extend, we might need to persevere some more if it is extended. But Paul calls us to a love that perseveres, even in this trying time. It perseveres through problems; it perseveres through misunderstandings; it perseveres through uncertainty; it perseveres through knock-down, drag-out arguments; it perseveres through persecution, divorce, and abandonment; it perseveres through a lawsuit or being fired. And it will persevere through this world-wide crisis, because it looks to the One who persevered and endured the cross. That is why I am so encouraged by this passage in Hebrews.

And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

Hebrews 12:1-3

So friends, when you feel like letting go and giving up, look to Jesus. He endured and He will give you the grace to endure. Don’t grow weary and don’t give up. This too shall pass.

Stay safe and stand strong.

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