Keep On Going

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. 
–Romans 5:1-5

No doubt Anne Mansfield Sullivan had a whole group of friends telling her that the blind, seven year-old brat she was teaching wasn’t worth it. Anne persisted. Anne remained faithful to what she thought was her call from God. She remained firm despite putting up with daily temper tantrums, mealtime madness, and even thankless parents.

In her heart she knew it would be worth the pain and definite inconvenience. And was it ever! Within two years her young student was able to read and write in Braille. Eventually she ended up graduating cum laude from Radcliffe College where Anne had helped this student with every lecture.

Who was this incorrigible pupil? Who was this sassy, bratty kid who made Anne Sullivan’s life miserable at first? It was Helen Keller. Anne Sullivan’s investment in the life of Helen Keller was the single most important force. Thus, Helen Keller devoted her entire life to aiding thousands of deaf and blind people lead a more productive life.

Did Anne Sullivan’s persistence pay off? Was it worth the energy and effort? Were the results beneficial? You’d better believe it. What is God calling you to be persistent about?

1. According to today’s Scripture, what is the result of perseverance?

2. What is God calling you to be persistent about?

Psalm 40:4-8

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Jim Burns

Jim Burns is the president of HomeWord. He speaks to thousands of people around the world each year. He has close to 2 million resources in print in 20 languages. He primarily writes and speaks on the values of HomeWord, which are: Strong Marriages, Confident Parents, Empowered Kids, and Healthy Leaders. Some of his most popular books are: Confident Parenting, The Purity Code, Creating an Intimate Marriage, Closer, and Doing Life with Your Adult Children. Jim and his wife, Cathy, live in Southern California and have three grown daughters, Christy, Rebecca, and Heidi; three sons-in-law, Steve and Matt, and Andy; and three grandchildren, James, Charlotte and Huxley.

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