The Bible tells us that perseverance is a virtue and that can help us develop our character.
Romans 5:4 “And endurance produces character, and character produces hope”
James 1:2-4 “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing”.
What Is Perseverance?
Perseverance is being purposeful and steadfast. It is sticking to something, staying committed, no matter how long it takes or what obstacles appear to stop you. A good example is the story of the tortoise and the hare, he won the race because he persevered – he didn’t let anything stop him or distract him. He kept on going.
Why Practice It?
Without perseverance, people give up on things easily. They don’t keep their promises. When we persevere, people can depend on us to finish what we start and to keep our commitments. When we persevere, we stay friends even when the friendship is tested. We don’t give up until a problem is solved.
How Do You Practice It?
You practice perseverance by committing to someone or something. Choose your commitments wisely and then stick with them. When you commit to a task, pace yourself, and be persistent, doing it step-by-step. Stand by your friends even when they aren’t much fun, or are having a hard time. When trouble or doubts come up, be like a strong ship in a storm. Don’t let yourself become battered or blown off course. Just ride the waves.
How you might show perseverance:
- You are in the middle of a hard job and begin to feel tired
- You have spent a lot of time practicing a sport or dance and doubt if you have what it takes?
- Your family is hiking to the top of a mountain and you don’t think you can make it?
- You are doing something you have never done before and are afraid you won’t get it right?
- Your best friend moves away and you don’t want to forget each other?
Reference: Popov, L. K. (1998) The virtues project: Educator’s guide. Pro-Ed.