I have never been a great runner due to the fact that I expire from interest after more than fifteen minutes of monotonous sameness, coincidentally as the tedium sets in my cardiovascular limits are exposed, the pain threshold heightens and I find my stamina severely challenged. Perseverance is the 'staying power' that hides in the human genome awaiting its emergence according to the momentary provocation, an internal summons to face the immediate adversity with determined resolve.

The particularised challenges we face are often matched to our personal temperament and potentiality, somehow guided by a divine providentiality. Life has a way of putting you in situations at just the right time to help you discover the tenacity needed to bring out the best in you. Perseverance exposes the raw strength of your character and sets about infusing it with energy to stay the course, a stubborn determination that is tenacious and indefatigable. It is a spiritual energy that is deeply rooted to our life flow and desire for personal fulfilment, the evolutionary drive that courses through the bios of all humanity.

It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.  - Albert Einstein

Perseverance refuses to let the difficulties and problems that arise dictate the outcome of our mental capacity to overcome. Sometimes external situations are out of our control and immune to our affectations, though our internal response will often define our ability to create new coping mechanisms in the face of the challenges.  We all have a legitimate remonstrance, a specific list of grievances that outline our annoyance with situations that upset our emotional equilibrium. Grief and joy are both a part of the journey, the salve that greases the wheels of perseverance, the highs and lows of life that guide us though the uncertain terrain of our potential maturation. 

There's more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we're hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next.  - Romans 5

Hang in there, something good is happening on the inside.