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Persistence - the act of persisting.

Persisting - to continue steadfastly or firmly in some state, purpose, course of action, or the like, especially in spite of opposition.

My dad has always said, “Anyone can quit; quitters are a dime a dozen. It takes absolutely no effort to quit.

”A persistent person will begin their success where most others quit. A sure way to be successful in life is to be a person of endurance and persistence, especially in spite of opposition. 

There is a tree called the Chinese Bamboo. During the first four years, they water and fertilize the plant with seemingly little or no results. In the fifth year, they apply water and fertilizer again, and in five weeks' time, the tree grows ninety feet in height. This raises the question, did the Chinese Bamboo tree grow ninety feet in five weeks or five years? The answer is it grew ninety feet in five years. At any time during the five years, if they stopped watering and fertilizing the tree, it would have died. Successful people persist even when it seems like they aren’t getting results. 

It has often been said that the nose of a bulldog is slanted backward so it can continue to breathe without letting go. I often wonder how many people quit and let go of their dream one try short of success.

 If the four carrying the lame man had given up when they couldn’t get to Jesus, the lame man would have never walked. (Mark 2) If the woman with the issue of blood would have let her fear of the crowd stop her from touching the hem of His garment, she would have never been healed. (Mark 5) If Jairus had quit pursuing Jesus when he heard his daughter was dead, she would have never been brought back to life. (Mark 5)

“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” Galatians 6:9