"A trusting response includes Me in your thoughts as you consider strategies to deal with a situation. Gently bring your attention back to Me, whenever it wanders away. I look for persistence- rather than perfection- in your walk with Me." (182)
As I reflect on the 'heroes of faith' that have inspired me, it's not been the ones who've lived perfectly but those who have lived persistently... who have maintained a determined mindset and lifestyle of faithfulness. Their love for God, His Word, and the family of God are inspirational examples of positive persistence, strategically making God the priority of their lives. While others may be like spiritual super-novas that burst on the scene initially and quickly fade away in the daily disciplines of spiritual maturity, these are the ones who are more "like a flourishing olive tree in the house of God... in the presence of (His) faithful people..." Ps. 51:8-9
You are needed in our midst. God is using your very presence to inspire so many of us! Thank You for your positive persistence!
I'm so grateful all the "olive trees" in my life who do not "neglect meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encourage each other... (so as not to) grow weary and lose heart... maintaining a clear conscience... conducting themselves honorably." (Heb. 10:25, 12:3, 13:18)
While being perfect is impossible, being persistent is inspirational...to others and to our own hearts!
Striving to be Persistent (certainly not perfect!)....dmc