So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. For in just a very little while. — Hebrew 10:35-37

Simply put, stick with it. Don’t quit! And don’t take no for an answer. Instead, pray daily, use your imagination and find a way around your obstacles — persistence pays!

In his 13 principles for success, self-help author Napoleon Hill said of persistence (and I’m paraphrasing): Persistence is an essential factor in transmuting desire into good health, to a better job, to increasing your business stream of income, to building the congregation of your church, to your monetary goal no matter what it is you seek.

Today, short attention spans are prevalent with the advent of iPods, cellphones and computer browsers in adults and children. No wonder folks keep changing from one thing to another without using that old-fashioned elbow grease, that sticktoitiveness required to win.

Thomas Edison once said that 90 percent of people quit 90 percent of the way to accomplishing their goals. These days, it is 99 percent who quit a mere 20 percent of the way. Those who persist, win; those who do not, lose. That is as true today as it was 60 years ago when Hill wrote “Think and Grow Rich.”

Persistence of bad habits though seem to continue to flourish. Despite the overwhelming evidence that the way we think and what we believe is not producing the results we desire, we persist in hanging on to what does not work. Many people see small problems, tiny little molehills as major mountains, blocking their path. Only a few choose to see a mountain in their path as an opportunity to gain a broader perspective as they continue to travel along life’s journey, who decide to climb that mountain for a broader view. Persistence turns stumbling blocks into steppingstones. It is simply a matter of attitude.

When you fail to persistent for fear of failure, you lose hope, because now, you don’t see any way to make your dream a reality.

Fear is faith in reverse. Fear tolerated is faith contaminated. Fear is not of Go! Scripture says, “God does not give us a spirit of fear.” Faith comes by hearing, so does fear. Make a choice about what it is we hear and accept. Fear will cause you to quit.

Here’s an example: When planning the grand opening celebration for my company back in 1983, I didn’t have money to pay for the first class celebration we had planned. An extremely late unemployment check saved the day!

Listening to Steve Harvey this week on the OWN Network, on “Oprah’s Master Class,” Steve was right at the brink of success too, with no money. He had finally gotten that call he was waiting on — he would be headlining “Showtime at the Apollo.” But he didn’t even have the money to get to New York from Florida. Two to three days prior to the event, everything changed for Steve.

A miracle happened: The same person that invited him to New York left him another message to say he had a job in Florida for him, could he take the job before he come to New York. Steve said he only had $36, not enough to make it. But with his miracle, he ended up having more than $400, more than enough to drive to New York. His Apollo job was his first TV appearance, and now Steve Harvey is on TV somewhere, seven days a week. That was his dream since he was a little boy who stuttered very badly! Steve persisted, and look at him now!

Persist and operate in faith. Don’t move forward on what it is you see. Walk by faith, and not by sight. Believe in God, and know He will be there for you.

Purpose, passion, plus persistence equals prosperity. Be persistent!

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Lyndia Grant

A seasoned radio talk show host, national newspaper columnist, and major special events manager, Lyndia is a change agent. Those who experience hearing messages by this powerhouse speaker are changed forever!

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