Romans 5:4 (ESV) and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,
Try it again and again. Keep trying. You'll get it. I remember the words of my dad as he taught me how to shoot a basketball. As a young boy, the hoop seemed so far away, and I didn't think I had the strength to shoot the ball into the basket. His words of encouragement kept me trying. Today's verse speaks of how endurance produces character and character produces hope. Now, many years later, when I shoot the ball, I have hope because of his lesson about never giving up. I don't make every shot, in fact, most don't go in, but as I release the ball, I have hope that it will. It is better to have tried and failed, then never to have tried at all. Many things in life may cause us to give up too early. We try once and if we don't get the result we were looking for, we tend to give up and move on. What if we endured a little while longer and our character in not giving up grows stronger? That character gives us hope. No matter what you're facing, don't give up too early. Keep trying. Keep pushing forward. Keep calling out to God for His help in the matter and with Him on our side, our hope takes on a whole new meaning.
Application:Personal Application: Continue spending time with the Lord daily. Sow righteousness and reap the fruit of God's unfailing love.
TOM SEMBER has been involved in ministering to men for over 20 years. He is an ordained minister with the AG in the NY Ministry Network. Tom lives with his wife, Carolyn, and children in New York. You can connect with Tom on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
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