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Persisting to Success

 

Persistence brings Success! 

“When nothing seems to help, I go and look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it.  Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not that blow that did it – but all that had gone before.”   ~Jacob Riis

"Is not my word like a fire?" says the Lord, "And like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces? Jeremiah 23:29

 

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This morning I was hearing a great story about a friend’s father. Again, I have changed the names, not to protect the innocent, because I wanted to! (What attitude??)  Okay, I apologize. Please continue reading this story.  Next time I will share on the importance of having fabulous attitudes....good,  now we can go on! 

 

Judy continued to receive rejection anytime she would try to tell her father about the Lord.  He just did not want to hear what she had to say.  Judy loved her father so much and it would hurt her so badly when he would cut her short with his rough demeanor.  Although it seemed like nothing would ever change, she would continue to envision him giving his heart to Jesus so that they would be with each other forever. 

 

Her father was well into his 70’s and already had experienced one stroke.  He slowly recovered and was able to play golf again, but he just wasn’t the same.  Still, every time Judy would approach him with anything that had to do about church, eternity or Jesus, he would completely ignore her.  If she kept pursuing the matter, he would quickly change the subject.  The times that didn’t work, he would just leave.  Judy found herself crying night after night for her father.  Her feelings would be so hurt, but more than that, she knew her dad needed to accept the Lord as his personal savior.  She and her husband prayed for him constantly and continued to find every opportunity to love him.  They continued believe and trusting God by planting little seeds of kindness whenever and however they could. 

 

It was about 6 months after his first stroke that Judy’s father had another.  The first one had weakened him, but this one seemed to put the finishing touch upon his whole person.  The strong man that Judy had seen her whole life seemed to disappear before her very eyes.  He could not walk without assistance and even then would gasp for air from the effort.  His speech was broken and hard to understand.  The firmness and exactness of his voice was no more.  A man now existed that needed someone to care for him…..to help him.

 

This was Judy’s chance to show her father how much she loved him, but this time through her actions.  She discussed with her husband the possibilities of her dad coming to live with them which would give her the opportunity to nurse him back to health while being able to share more intimately “her faith”.  Her husband agreed, so they took the proposition to her dad.  He showed great displeasure of the thought of having to be taken care of, especially so closely by her.  It did not matter how sick or in need he was to his pride.

 

Financially, it was the only option, so he arrived at their house in a miserable mood.  He was in a wheel chair with not much he was able to do.  Judy would wheel him right in front of the television after turning it on to one of her favorite “Christian” stations or shows.  He was helpless to resist physically, but would throw temper tantrums worse than any five year old grandson.  His pleading grunts and groans would get louder and louder as he grew more agitated with what was going on in front of him.  He was able to turn his head and close his eyes, but that sound!!!

 

For months this continued.  He appealed to his son-in-law and to anyone that would lend a sympathetic ear.  “There is no change, so why do you continue to torment him?  Why don’t you just let him watch what he wants”, thoughts would ask?  Judy was determined to continue.  She knew what she had seen.  There had been so many prayers lifted up for her dad and she, family and friends continued to pray.  God is faithful.  He would answer her prayers even if it didn’t seem like it.  He had never let her down yet!

 

This day the grunts and groans were louder than ever to turn the television off and now it was being directed at her.  Oh no, not again, she thought, but this time something was different.  He was actually pointing at the television and had tears in his eyes.  Something had finally broken.  The eyes of his heart had been opened and the walls had come down.  For the first time in a long time, Judy saw her daddy!  She was able to gaze into eyes that she almost didn’t recognize.  They were not the eyes of one hardened by life anymore.  They were different.   Yes, they finally saw and recognized Jesus for the first time.

 

Judy’s daddy got better over the next several months, but it wasn’t the physical part that changed the most.  He was a new man inside.  It was the prayer and persistence of a daughter’s love.  Determination not to give up no matter what Judy saw, heard, or experienced had finally won out.  She was able to win the prize that she had dreamed and thought about for years.  She could look forward to being with her dad forever, no matter what was ahead. 

 

Who have you been praying for?  What are some of the things you have wanted to quit because you haven’t seen the results in the time period you allotted?  Maybe everything and everyone around you is screaming at you to stop, but something inside is motivating you to go on.  God wants you to succeed.  Galatians 6:9 says, “Let us not grow tired or weary of doing good, for in due time we shall reap our harvest, if we do not give up.”  Let’s determine to continue going forward like Judy.  If you have paused or stopped in some area,  maybe this is the time to get back up and try again?  There is too much at stake to give up now.  Your victory is nearer than it seems!  Remember, success is a process of continuing to go forward no matter what obstacles you face.  Each step you take brings you closer to victory, just as each hit of the hammer finally breaks the rock.  "Don't give up.....this time you will make it!"

 

Continuing to believe the best in you,

 

 

-Frank-

 

 

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