Perseverance


A few days ago I wrote a blog entitled Wanting To Be In When Out.  It was about a sparrow that has been wanting to be in our house when he/she is out.  I don’t know the gender of the sparrow that has been pecking at our window, and it really doesn’t matter to the story I am writing.  Back to the story.

Every day over the past three weeks this bird, I will call it Sam which can either be a girl or a guy.  Well, Sam is at this window at 7:15 in the morning and stays there for a couple of hours.  Sam leaves for a couple of hours, and then is back trying to get in for another hour or two.  Sam has been at that window for 4-6 hours per day and has more tenacity than most any person or thing that I have ever known.

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Sam doesn’t give up.  Sam never gives in to the inability to get into the house.  It may be that Sam has a short memory like patients that have lost their short-term memory and will tell you the same story over and over, not realizing that the story has been told not 5 minutes before.

It may be that Sam has an A-type personality where there is nothing that will stop him/her from accomplishing its goal.  Sam’s mindset could be, “I’ll do whatever it takes to get what I want.”

Sam reminds me of a woman who needed legal protection so she went to the judge to get that protection.  The judge denied the request, and thought nothing more of the woman and her request, until she showed up again and asked for legal protection.  He said no, but that wasn’t the end of it.  She came back over and over again until he finally said, “I care nothing what God thinks, even less what people think.  But because this widow won’t quit badgering me, I’d better do something and see that she gets justice–otherwise I’m going to end up beaten black-and-blue by her pounding.” Luke 18:4-5.  It was her perseverance in seeking justice that caused the judge to respond.

As you read on a principle emerges for all of us.  “Do you hear what that judge, corrupt as he is, is saying?  So what makes you think God won’t step in and work justice for his chosen people, who continue to cry out for help?  Won’t he stick up for them?  I assure you. He will.  He will not drag his feet.  But how much of that kind of persistent faith will the Son of Man find on the earth when He returns?” Luke 18:6-8

On this journey, sometimes we will be called upon to develop perseverance for the things in life that matter.  Make your choices wisely.

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About James Gorton

I am happily married to Nadine, a person I've known for 20+ years. She and her late husband owned Airpark Auto Service where I took my car for years. Four years after my wife died we began dating and the rest is history. We have a blended family of 6 children between us and love visiting them across this country. We recently had our third grandchild between us. We love to hike, bike and ski. I am a psychologist and do relational life coaching for marriages and families primarily. I love what I do and never get tired of seeing marriages and families move to more healthy places in their lives. Five years ago my oldest daughter Deborah encouraged me to begin writing my thought into a blog I call my Jlog (Jim's log). I have become more and more passionate in connecting everyday experiences to spiritual truths. I hope that as you read my Jlog, you will gain insight into your personal life and experience true growth in your personal and relational life.
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