Wednesday, April 30, 2008

perseverance


The central reality for Christians is the personal, unalterable, persevering commitment God makes to us. Perseverance is not the result of our determination, it is the result of God's faithfulness. We survive in the way of faith not because we have extraordinary stamina but because God is righteous, because God sticks with us.

Christian discipleship is a process of paying more and more attention to God's righteousness and less and less attention to our own; finding the meaning of our lives not by probing our moods and motives and morals but by believing in God's will and purposes; making a map of the faithfulness of God, not charting the rise and fall of our enthusiasms. It is out of such a reality that we acquire perseverance.

- Eugene Peterson, A Long Obedience in the Same Direction


Photo: Wild Bleeding Heart, seen Sunday - Elgin Park & Stewart Farmhouse, walk, Surrey, BC.

2 comments:

Accidental Poet said...

I just so badly needed to know that my connection to God isn't dependent on whether or not I'm good enough at hanging on.

Thank you so much.

violet said...

Thank-you, Sue, for coming by. Your note encourages me!

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