"You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised." (Hebrews 10:36)
Perseverance does not mean “perfect.” It
means that we keep going. We do not quit when we find that we are not yet
mature and that there is a long journey still before us.
For perseverance is not resignation,
putting up with things the way they are, staying in the same old rut year after
year after year, or being a doormat for people to wipe their feet on. Endurance
is not a desperate hanging on but a traveling from strength to strength. There
is nothing fatigued or humdrum in Isaiah, nothing-flatfooted in Jesus, nothing
jejune in Paul. Perseverance is triumphant and alive.
-- Eugene H. Peterson in “A Long Obedience in the Same Direction”