“The most important factor is persistence – the determination never to allow your energy or enthusiasm to be dampened by the discouragement that must inevitably come” James Whitcomb Riley
A group of frogs were travelling throughout the world and two of them fell into a deep pit. All the other frogs gathered around the pit. When they saw how deep the pit was, they told the two frogs that they were as good as dead. The two frogs ignored the comments and tried to jump up out of the pit with all of their might. The other frogs kept telling them to stop jumping out and consider themselves as dead.
Finally one of the frogs took heed to what the other frogs were saying and gave up. He fell down and died. The other frog continued to jump as high as he could. Once again the crowd of frogs yelled at him to stop the pain and just die. He jumped even higher and finally made it out. When he got out, the other frogs asked him, ‘didn’t you hear what we were telling you?’
He replied to them that he was deaf and could not hear them. They were all amazed and they continued with their journey.
There are many secretes to success in life but I believe that persistence is main,because no matter how much you know or have you will go through some tough time but not every one holds on to the end,from the story above one of the frogs gave up and died but the other kept deaf ears to the discouragements of others and he survived because he kept on going.
In order to succeed we need to pay a deaf ear to the negative and discouraging statements from others and pursue after our dreams until we get it.
Those who stay till the end will eat the fruit of the land,if you fall and give up you will certainly not eat the good of the land.Give the pursuit of your dreams all of your best,don’t give up before you try,keep trying till you hit at your target,don’t take no for an answer.
Tough times don’t last but tough people do,people who give up easily will never fulfill their dreams.
THE PERSISTENT FRIEND – LUKE 11:1-13
Jesus while teaching on prayer,in the book of Luke 11:1-13,he used the story of two friends to illustrate it.
“Suppose one of you has a friend and he goes to him at midnight and says ‘friend lend me three loaves of bread,because a friend of mine on a journey has come to me and I have nothing to set before him”
Then the one the inside answered “don’t bother me,the door is now already shut’ and my children are in bed with me,I cant get up and give you anything”
I am sure,some of us will be angry that someone came to your house at that time to ask for anything,the guy wasn’t complaining that he doesn’t have bread but that the door was shut and they were sleeping,so he couldn’t open the door to attend to him.
But Jesus said “I tell you,though he will not get up and give him the bread because he is his friend (take note of that),
yet because of the mans persistence,he will get up and give him as much as he needs”
Persistence will get you the answers to your needs,someone once said, “life does not give us what we deserve but what we demand”.Some of the wealthiest people today are not necessarily the smartest but because they never gave up on their dreams,they are the success they are today.
He didn’t attend to the man because he is his friend,but the guy refused to stop knocking at the door,till he was attended to.
Jesus in conclusion said in regards to prayer,”Ask and it will be given to you,seek and you will find,knock and the door will be opened to you,for everyone who asks receives,he who seeks finds and to he who knocks the door will be opened”
sometimes we ask and we don’t receive not because God didnt hear us ,or he was sleeping but because we gave up too soon,other versions say keep asking,keep seeking,keep knocking,don’t stop,for anyone who keeps asking will receive and the one who keeps seeking will find and the one who keeps knocking the door will be opened unto him,so the bottom line is continue at what you are pursuing and you will certainly have it.
THE PERSISTENT WIDOW – LUKE 18:1-5
Another story showing how persistence produces result; A widow who needed justice over a case went before a judge who neither feared God or man,for sometime he refused to give the widow justice,but the bibble says she kept bothering him till she wore him out with her plea,that he gave her justice not because she was a lady that was helpless no,but because she bothered him continuously.Trouble is no respecter of sex.
Don’t allow your energy and strength to be dampened by the discouraging words from others,keep your eyes on the mark and press on till you get there.You can make it,you will survive,you have the energy on the inside of you,people will tell you give up,just like Jobs wife asked Job in his troubled times to cause God and die,but he refused and made up his made I will wait until my change comes,don’t give up now your change is coming,you have come too far to turn back,you are closer than you can ever imagine to the fulfillment of your dreams.
In been persisten you have to stretch yourself beyond limits,practice more to be better,cut on the fatty foods to loose weight,keep doing it till you get your goal.Sometimes people will discourage you and tell you,that you can’t,that you are a failure,because of one mistake,they write you off totally,they tell you that you will never succeed,you will never be a good singer,you will never be good at anything,the minute you listen to those things you actually begin to fail,pay deaf ears to those words and keep saying to yourself yes I can make it,yes I can be the billionaire and be the best against all odds,yes you can
They told Bishop T.d. Jakes that he would never be a singer because of his cracked voice,that he could never be an author because his writeup sounded too poetice,but against all odds,he refused to accept their conclusion of him he instead believed Gods word of him and today he is a bestselling author and a musician,he became a success at all they said he wouldn’t do.
Refuse to believe other peoples conclusion about you,you are who God says you are,change your perception about yourself,work hard at your dreams and you will get it.
Its not over until you win,don’t give up,fight,fight,fight,fight,till you win.