the simple power of persistence

Persistence

noun

firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition

I wonder how many times we are on the verge of a breakthrough when we give up and walk away.  How many times, if we would we just remember the whole reason we started… and not quit… how many times, we just might see success.

This concept is at the forefront of my mind because it’s something I struggle with but have begun to see victory in.

I’ve talked about it before.  I have a perfectionist mentality that I battle with daily.  The problem with us perfectionists is that we quit when we can’t get it perfect.  Add to that a dose of impatience, and well, you might as well have failed before you even tried.

Recently, I was bawling my eyes out and on the verge of quitting something.  This something was figuring out how to live on a bare bones budget when it seems the money just never stretches quite far enough even when we are doing the best we can.  I know many people struggle with this.

Some people (the vast majority of America) choose to just spend.  Put it on the credit card.  Pay it later.  Or, they work themselves to the point of exhaustion with no time for family or God just to pay for the extravagant lifestyle they want… still coming up empty and frustrated because things and money just don’t satisfy.

Others take the hard route.  The disciplined route.  Creating a budget, sticking to it, and living within their means.

But what happens when the means never seems to be enough?  When you’ve couponed all you can, shopped the sales, don’t have cable, take your own trash to the dump, and still… just not enough?  Surprises keep coming… good surprises like helping someone else out, but nevertheless an unexpected expense.  Or, other surprises like your car insurance going up… yet again.

A couple weeks ago, I was there.  It was the last straw.  I opened a bill to see that my car insurance had gone up for the second time within two months.  It’s an outrageous amount.  And it’s not like I wasn’t trying to budget for our family and be wise with our money.  It was one of those surprises, and I was faced with the overwhelming feeling that I’d never be able to get it together… that this would be a battle we would fight the rest of our lives.  That we’d never be able to have financial peace.

This past year I have done tons of research, listened to Dave Ramsey, followed his course, created more budget systems than I can imagine, and yet… we were still struggling!  The money just always seemed to disappear on some sort of surprise.

But back to the point of this post, I’m so glad I didn’t give up.  You see, the reason I began this journey for financial peace was important, and so I couldn’t.

I tried… yet again… another budget system.

This time I landed on this guy’s budget. (Go get it here for free!) And this time it’s different!  This time, a light bulb has gone off.  Something has clicked.  And friends, it’s working!!!!

Are the finances perfect? Ha!  Noo… but there’s PROGRESS or such sweet progress, and I’m so grateful the LORD gave me the strength to be PERSISTENT when I just wanted to throw in the towel after so many failures.

So, if you’re on the verge of quitting something that seems to just not be working.  How about taking it to God?  Before Him, remember the reason you started.  And if it’s something He wants you to continue, ask Him to give you the grace and strength to try again.

You could be on the verge of a breakthrough.

 

 

 

 

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