I remember when I was in the 5th grade I was having an awful time with algebra. Many nights I would find myself sitting down with my Dad being tutored in algebra, or should I say, “tortured by algebra.” For some reason it was not making sense. I dreaded the lessons. I thought it was one of those crazy things you learn in school that you will never use again.
One day that changed. I remember being in the living room with my father as he was going through that night’s lesson. I finally understood. I’m not sure what happened that caused me to finally get it but on that night… I got it. For the first time in my life it all made sense.
To this day I don’t remember what was so difficult about algebra or why I could not understand. All of the confusion, anxiety, grief and stress over it were gone in that instant.
Thinking back on that moment today still brings me great joy and a sense of gratitude to my parents and teachers for helping me finally get it. But the real lesson was greater than that: I learned that through hard work and persistence things that were once filled with confusion, fear, anxiety can be accomplished.
I can learn.
I can improve.
Only if I persist.
Throughout my years in ministry I have seen God do miracles in people’s lives because they did not give up…
- Marriages are restored when couples don’t give up when times get hard.
- The chains of addiction are broken when the addicts keep coming back despite their failures.
- God brings prodigal sons and daughters back home when their parents keep praying.
God is not finished working and neither should we be.
I know the task ahead of you may be monumental, but so is our God!
Keep working. Stay at it.
He will bring it to pass.