“You’re not a failure until you stop trying. If you have no other testimony you have this one: ‘I’m still here'” (Joyce Meyer).
Winston Churchill once said that success is never final and failure is never fatal, but it is the courage to continue that counts. Aside from some very impressive alliteration, there’s some good truth here.
So hooray for all of you who made it out of bed this morning when you felt an overwhelming desire to sleep in and give up on the day.
Hooray for all of you who adhere to the old motto that faith is believing when common sense tells you not to, or as the author of Hebrews puts it, it’s the “assurance of things you have hoped for, the absolute conviction that there are realities you’ve never seen (Hebrews 11:1, The Voice).
Hooray for those who doggedly adhere to that faith through trials and doubts and who have never given up on God because they know God has never given up on them.
Hooray for those who still dream after so many previous dreams have been dashed to pieces and who keep longing after their desires have been countlessly delayed and denied.
Hooray for those who persevere in the midst of pain and suffering while wearing a smile through it all.
Hooray for those whose only victory today might be the declaration “I’m still here.”
Not only will your endurance lead to a reward, you are leaving a legacy to those who follow to not give up.
After all, Advent is all about how waiting on God’s best is always always worth it.