What is so striking about a determined spirit? Why do stories of courage and tenacity inspire us? Why do we seek out and follow heroes who model wholehearted perseverance? How does another person's determination motivate us toward excellence?
The Bible clearly shows that perseverance is an outward expression of good character or integrity. Whether it's called courage, tenacity, resolve, determination, steadfastness or persistence -- God calls us to model a commitment to Him and His plans.
"Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope" (Romans 5:3-4).
-- Dr. Norm Wakefield & Jody Brolsma in Men Are from Israel, Women Are from Moab