Door Post Verses: Perseverance

by Leigh Powers

A black belt is just a white belt that doesn’t quit—at least that’s what my children’s tae kwon do instructor likes to say. But my children have taken it to heart. When they’re having trouble mastering a kick or remembering how to swing their nunchucks, my son and daughter both remind themselves not to give up and how far they’ve come already. So they keep at it—practicing blocks, hits, and kicks, perfecting their form, and coping with the bumps and bruises that come their way. It’ a long road toward their black belts, but they are developing perseverance as they work toward their goal.

Perseverance is an essential quality for success. Personal, athletic, career, and educational goals all require you to keep trying and work persistently in pursuit of your dreams. Any worthwhile goal requires effort and endurance. The ability to persevere by not giving up, continually choosing the right thing, and constantly marching forward even when the road gets hard helps us overcome obstacles as we pursue our goals.

Perseverance is essential for success, but it’s also essential in our Christian walk. Life is not always easy. 

 

 

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Breaking the Chains: Breaking Free from Unforgiveness

by Leigh Powers

Loving your enemies sounds easy until you have one. Early in our ministry my husband and I had to deal with an individual who slandered us and sought to do us harm. Walking through the process of forgiveness was tough, but it was also necessary. The cost of not forgiving is our emotional and spiritual health. Unforgiveness leads to spiritual bondage.

 

 

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Forgiveness: What Does It Mean? - A Guest Post by Leigh Powers

Forgiveness. It’s one of those church words we like to throw around. “Well, I just need to forgive him and move on.” “Forgive and forget.” But when we’re honest, we say things more like this: “I know I’m supposed to forgive, but why is it so hard?”

We know we’re supposed to forgive, but sometimes we struggle with the gap between the knowing and the doing. 

 

 

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