Thursday, July 3, 2014

The difference is persistence

From the pen of author Craig Brian Larson:

Even the most talented people may not get it right the first time.  In a 1995 interview ex-Beatle Paul McCartney said he once wrote a song with the first line: "Scrambled eggs, oh my baby how I love your legs."

Have you ever heard that song?

Not likely.  McCartney tossed away those words and wrote, "Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away."  Since then "Yesterday" has been played on the radio more than six million times, more than any other record in history.

The difference between failure and success - between "Scrambled Eggs" and "Yesterday" - is persistence.

As I read through the book of Acts in our Treasuring God's Word devotions it seems that persistence is a trait that is demonstrated quite well by the apostle Paul and his friends.  They traveled with a singular purpose - to testify that through Christ Jesus there is forgiveness of sins and peace with God.  No matter how long and hard the travel, no matter how threatening the persecution, Paul and Barnabas persist in their ministry.  And through their persistent faithfulness, the power of God worked mightily in word and deed.

Nothing is as easy as quitting.  Sometimes there is nothing harder than "staying the course," or pursuing a goal or objective.  Psalm 37:5 reads, "Commit your way to the Lord, trust in Him."  Through your persistent faithfulness, which is a gift of the Holy Spirit, watch and see if the power of God won't work mightily in your life today.