I blogged a couple of days ago about watching the Australian Open and being inspired by how the top tennis players in the world don’t become content but continue striving to learn and grow. Yesterday provided a different life-lesson.
Italian tennis star Francesca Schiavone made history Sunday at the Australian Open, triumphing in the longest women’s match at a major. Schiavone and Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova treated the crowd to an epic 4-hour, 44-minute slugfest, which surpassed the previous record by 25 minutes.
Since it was a Sunday with multiple sporting events on and being a guy, a natural channel surfer, I didn’t happen upon the match until the ladies were already over 4 hours into their match, but the fact that it had been a marathon was obvious.
Drenched in sweat both gals looked completely spent. I don’t know how they found the strength to continue, but they somehow persevered. None of us are likely to face this particular kind of challenge, but we all have situations in life that call for our perseverance.
So how do we keep at it? What keeps us from giving up? Where do we find the reserve to persevere?
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. ~ Romans 5:3-5
The Holy Spirit leading us, the love of God poured into our lives, the hope that comes when we trust God to be bigger than whatever it is we’re facing. This is how we persevere. When we lean on God and keep plugging away our demonstration of perseverance brings glory to God and encourages others along the way.
It’s a new day and a new week! Lean on God and hang in there!