This blog, I'd like to investigate the trait of Perseverance, as we continue to examine character. Webster defines Perseverance as:
"The act of persevering; continued, patient effort; persistence". Perseverance, as with any trait, is a direct result of the Holy Spirit's shaping of a person's character. In the world of nature, we see this trait clearly on display in the King Salmon.
|I'm not Elvis, but as the "King Salmon", I'm the state fish of Alaska!|
|Are Ewe sure we can't stop for lunch? I'm Hungry!|
Have Ewe ever tried to jump 15 feet up the current of a waterfall?
On their trek, there are numerous obstacles to overcome. First, they must swim against the current which requires more energy. Next, they must negotiate waterfalls, which at times, demand that they jump 15 feet high to advance. Finally, they must avoid bears, birds of prey, & fishermen, persevering to reach their final destination.
|Bear with me! I can't talk with food in my mouth!|
|This King has been Dethroned!|
Upon arrival at the spawning ground, a territorial "male" mating rights battle ensues, resulting in: "to the victor, the spoils"!(Chance to mate) The females each lay 30,000 eggs, which develop in various stages ; embryo, fry; & parr; before starting their arduous journey back to the ocean. After caring for their young, the parents drift off & die, knowing that perseverance helped them to pass the torch on to the next generation.
|Only the "Strongest & Fittest" will survive this Trip!|
|To God Be the Glory! He gives me the strength to run!|
|Eric in prison camp." Christ for the world, for the world needs Christ!"|
|Perseverance Pays Off, in the Long Run!|
|Ewe Know I Love spending time with Ewe!|
As Ewe reflect on the persistent Love of the Shepherd today, allow His peace to saturate Ewer life, knowing that Ewe aren't alone.
"...and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author & finisher of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross..." Heb.12:1,2