Perseverance refers to a steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose or state, etc, especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles or discouragement.

Perseverance is what keeps you going on that journey to achieve your goal. There will definitely be lots of challenges, difficulties, conflict of opinion, frustration etc along the way, but a steady persistence in your purpose will get you there. Perseverance does not try to ignore the difficulties or discouragement. No, it accepts them and looks for ways to overcome the challenges. A true mark of champions lies in the difficulties that they have been able to overcome.

One of the major reasons marriages fail today is due to a lack of perseverance. The world tells us to give up on our marriages once it looks like things are not working. Recently we are even been told to celebrate when things go wrong – with people now having divorce parties complete with divorce cakes at the party.

Never giving up is one of the determinants of success at the Olympic games. Olympic champions often have to perservere in order to achieve their purpose of winning an Olympic medatl.This is one clear attribute that we can learn from the Olympic chapions.

A good example of perseverance is Oscar Pistorious. Pistorius, also known as the Blade Runner because of his carbon fibre prosthetic legs became the first amputee to run in the Olympic games. He had to overcome a lot of challenges and obstacles before he could be allowed to run.

Pistorius had to overcome a ban before he was allowed to achieve his life ambition of competeing in the Olympics. He refused to give up but hired lawyers and contested the ban.

Pistorius also seems to get some of his inspiration from the bible. On his left shoulder blade he has a tattoo which says, “I do not run like a man who is running aimlessly.” .This is a quote from Paul’s letter to the Cotinthians in the bible

Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. ! Corinthians 9: 26.

How do you run? Are you ready to run the race of your marriage as one who is running to win a crown? Are you ready to fight as one who expects a reward? Are you willing to put in the perseverance that it requires?

We must make a decision to persevere in our marriages. A decision to overcome whatever challenges, setbacks or difference that we may face. As we do so, we will overcome and be crowned with glory as we build marriages fit for champions.

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