“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7
- Perseverance is steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.
Faith is the complete trust or confidence in someone or something.
How do the two of these go together? Funny you should ask, because before today I don’t think I have thought about it.
When you hear the word perseverance what is the first thing that comes to mind? For me, I immediately think of running a race. When I think of faith, I think there must be something better on the other side. Which brings us back to the original. What do the two of these have in common?I guess it would be running the race of life no matter what difficult obstacles get in the way and keeping your mind pressed forward; believing that there indeed is something better on the other side.
When I was asked to write a post on this topic I jumped at the opportunity and thought this would be the easiest post I had written. As soon as I sat down and started pulling together ideas I quickly realized this was not going to be as easy as I thought. As the ideas began to swirl around in my head, the Holy Spirit began to move as well.
I have been walking in a season of life that I would really love to just move past and be able to say that I persevered and that my faith was unwavering; that I made it to the other side and if asked to walk in that season again I would gladly do it. Truth is, a season does not last a few weeks or months out of the year like the “seasons” we are used to. Spiritual seasons last as long as God wants them to. I don’t think it even necessarily lasts until you have “learned” the hidden lesson.
My current season feels more like I am on a busy intestate and I am playing leap frog with moving vehicles. Some of the tasks I move past like no one’s business, and just as I’m looking back, laughing and wiping the sweat off my brow, I’m lambasted by an eighteen-wheeler out of nowhere! There are plenty of days that I would love to quit moving forward in fear of what is waiting for me on the other side, but God did not give me a spirit of fear. Instead, I pick myself up and I keep moving forward, even when it is tough to muster up the energy to look forward.
I heard it best said in a Steven Furtick message that “faith is patience with mystery; it’s the willingness to abide in a place you don’t fully understand.”
Faith is not a feeling of certainty and just because you have doubts, it doesn’t mean you don’t have faith. There’s been so many times I have been discouraged when I tried my best to have faith like a mustard seed, but the tiny voice of the enemy starts shooting me down with doubts. Thank goodness for a God that still sits on the throne and wipes away the pain from the past, dusts me off and sets me straight again. Thank the sweet Lord above, for giving me two little girls that depend on me to continue this journey if not for my sake, at least for theirs.
I don’t know what your race looks like. Maybe you have this down pat; or maybe you are like me and you struggle daily, just to keep running. I do not have a set plan with specific instructions to tell you about either. I live my life day to day and I stay prayed up and hopeful for what is coming at me next.
The best thing about faith is, it works even when you have no idea what is waiting for you around the corner. An even better thing about life, this is not our final resting place. There is something way better on the other side. What is required of us to get there?
Keep the faith and keep running the race with a perseverance like no other.
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Amy Cosby is a sinner saved by grace with a heart for God and a love for people. She is the wife to a daredevil tower climber, a mother to two preious girls, and the glue that keeps her office together at Alabama Power. She loves to laugh, spend time with friends and family, and she coaches cheerleading for the Moody Blue Devils youth cheerleaders.