Do you have perseverance?
Do you have what it takes to keep going no matter how hard, how far, or how painful?
The sad news is that many men today are mentally weak.
Far too often, men give up at the first sign of difficulty. Instead of fighting through the hardship, they surrender and admit defeat. If they get knocked backwards, they decide to simply throw in the towel instead of fighting back.
It’s time you hardened yourself against the struggles in your life and showed some perseverance. Fight through the failures. Continue on the path even when it gets bumpy.
There’s an old Navy proverb, “Calm seas never made a good sailor.”
Life is much the same way. If you only take on battles you know you can win, you’ll never truly know what you’re capable of.
You need perseverance to push through those stormy seas; to fight on when you feel like giving up.
What is perseverance?
Perseverance is continuing to move forward despite how difficult it gets or how long it takes to see success.
The problem is, too many people can’t see beyond today. They can’t look past the temporary pain they’re experiencing now to see the rewards of what will come later. Men would rather find quick easy comfort NOW, rather that push on to experience the true satisfaction of accomplishment.
This is one reason porn addiction is so difficult to overcome. It’s so much easier to run to the quick escape and easy pleasure of porn than it is to persevere through the hardships of life. Instead of facing your problems head on and dealing with them, you use porn to avoid them. Then you wonder why you feel shame, depression, and anxiety.
The same can be said of fitness. It’s much easier to sit back on the couch with a beer than is to persevere through a tough workout.
Instead of choosing the pleasures of the present, choose the payoff of perseverance.
No one ever regretted fighting through hardship to achieve victory. you may have thought you were going through hell in the moment, but once you reach the other side, you’re always glad you kept going.
Think about this:
Have you ever regretted a good workout once you’re done?
Have you ever regretted pushing through and finishing that project instead of seeing it sit there half completed?
Have you ever regretted having sex with your wife instead of jerking off to porn?
Have you ever regretted reading your Bible instead of scrolling social media?
Because the rewards of perseverance are worth fighting for.
You won’t find perseverance by standing still. Just like you need the stormy seas to make you a good sailor, you need to face trials in life in order to develop perseverance.
You may think you’re tough as nails, but if you’re never hit with a hammer, how will you know how strong you truly are?
One of my favorite passages of Scripture is Romans 5:3-4.
“We also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.”Romans 5:3-4
Fighting through trials will help you develop perseverance. Developing perseverance will build your character, and being of strong character will give you hope. You will have hope that you can overcome any obstacle. You will have confidence that you can face any foe. You will have the courage to fight through battles when it feels like the odds are against you.
Modern men must develop perseverance. The world is trying to keep you weak by enticing you with quick easy pleasures. But strong men put on blinders against all the distractions. They can focus on the future rewards of their labors and press on through the difficulty.
“If you’re going through hell, keep going.”Winston Churchill
Don’t let temptation distract you. Don’t let difficulty defeat you. Don’t let pain stop you.
Find your inner grit. Find your strength. Find Perseverance.
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