If you have been watching the Olympics, last night we saw some amazing perseverance shine through in the men's figure skating.
Perseverance is defined as: steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.
Last night, Jeremy Abbott, US, lived that out on skates in the midst of Olympic dreams. He had a very hard fall on his first jump in his routine and as the world watched, thinking he was too injured to get up, he did the unthinkable. Not only did he get back up on his skates but he continued his routine and finished it almost flawlessly. Some said it was adrenaline but I think it was perseverance lived out!
Last night we saw a different form of perseverance through Evengi Plushenko, Russia. He was having a hard time recovering from performing during the team competition, he's had a lot of injuries and surgeries, and those pains started to flare up. While practicing he fell and he wobbled and he had a choice. He could do his routine on the Olympic stage in his home country and most likely be in a lot of pain, or worse, at the end of it, or he could gracefully bow out before hand. And that's what he chose, to gracefully bow out, and later announced his retirement. Some may be saddened by his choice or say he quit, but I think he did it with perseverance. Maybe not towards his routine or Olympic career, but perseverance for his health and his family.
Romans 5:3-4 "Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope."
Jeremy Abbott and Evengi Plushenko both suffered yesterday. And that suffering allowed them to persevere, which showed their character, which gave hope-one was hope for their Olympic future and the other was hope for health with their family.
What are you suffering in today? Is it an opportunity God is giving you to stand out and persevere? Maybe that will either show your true character or continue to refine it. And in the midst, maybe God is trying to strengthen your hope or use you to give hope to others around you.