BASKETBALL legend Michael Jordan said he had missed more than 9000 shots in his pro career.
“I’ve lost more than 300 games. Twenty-six times I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
Albert Einstein admitted he was not all that smart. “It’s just that I stay with problems longer,” he said.
“I think and think for months and years. Ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right.”
Thomas Edison invented the incandescent light bulb, but only after more than 10,000 unsuccessful attempts. A reporter once asked Edison how it felt to have failed so many times. How was he able to go on? Edison replied: “I haven’t failed 10,000 times, I’ve discovered 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
Writer Tom Robbins said there was nothing wrong with failing as long as it did not stopus from trying again.
Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.
The truth is that perseverance is the key to spiritual success.
It is a gateway to holiness.
The Book of Hebrews defines faith as the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
The word used for faith in Hebrew is usually emunah. The root of the word means craft.
That is because in Jewish thought, belief in God is like a craft — a skill or set of techniques that are studied and perfected. It’s not something that you are born with.
Belief is a process, anchored in hope. Perseverance demonstrates the underlying hope, an inner belief that God is good and rules the world.
Therefore, ultimately things must turn out for the best.
We were not born accidentally or by mistake. God told the prophet Isaiah: “You were in my care even before you were born.”
To another prophet, He said: “I determined the exact time of your birth and where you would live.”
God created each of us for a reason.
Our lives have profound meaning that perhaps can only be unveiled by persevering.
Determination will get us up to where we need to be.
Sometimes it is enough to just trust in God.
“After you have done everything to stand, stand firm then,” the Apostle Paul told the early Christians.
We will face times when we suspect everything is finished.
Instead, we could be facing new beginnings.