Radical Perseverance

I read a blog the other day by Michael Hyatt called, “The Power of Incremental Change Over Time.” While the title is certainly a mouthful, his thoughts about pacing ourselves were a great reminder to me about the power of perseverance.

When we talk about anything “radical”, our mind often jumps to one big moment of 180 degree change that significantly and permanently alters a certain habit or broken area of our lives. While this type of change does happen periodically, it is the exception, rather than the rule.

A few people win the lottery, but the rest of us build wealth slowly and steadily. How many of us have responded to altar call after altar call hoping to hit the spiritual jackpot, waiting to have that “moment” when everything changes? I think many of us have, and yet many of us still see the same issues popping up again and again.

In Hebrews chapter 12, Paul encourages us to “throw off everything that hinders and… run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.” Radical change and breakthrough come by walking with Jesus and daily making small decisions to throw off the things that hold us captive. Instead of searching for the “aha” moment, let’s make daily choices and allow the grace of God to move in our lives.

That is perseverance… that is Radical.

- This blog was written by Dan Freda as part of the Radical Series. Dan is the Young Adult Director at Elim Gospel Church.

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