Persistant Faith

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The musical artist Jackson Browne once said, “The stream reshapes the rock through persistence, not strength.” For those of us who do not feel all that strong, that quote is quite hopeful.

In Luke 18: 1-8, a widow comes before a judge. It is probably still true today, but it was especially true in biblical times, that a widow was less powerful than a judge. The widow comes seeking justice before the judge. At first the judge “refused “ to see her, but he reversed his position and agreed to see her when he saw how persistent she was. The widow simply refused to go away until she had received justice.

What is it that motivates you to be persistent? I hear from people quite often that it is the desire to be happy. I am not opposed to happiness, but I am not sure being happy is God’s highest goal for our lives. I think that God desires first and foremost that we be faithful. The reality is that the call to follow Jesus faithfully may require that from time to time you relinquish that which would make you happy.

“The direct pursuit of happiness is a recipe for an unhappy life.” – Psychologist Donald Campbell, as quoted in Richard DeGrandpre's book Ritalin Nation: Rapid-Fire Culture and the Transformation of Human Consciousness.

Life is more than a fat paycheck
Life is more than a clean check up
Life is more than an upscale house
Life is faith, hope, and love.

May our motivations be of Jesus. And may we persist with steadfast faith.

Still in one peace,

David J. Jensen

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