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Saturday, December 5, 2015

The Pathway of Courageous Persistence

With what formulas for dealing with stress were you raised? “Forget it”? “Pray about it”? “Sleep on it”? (Serendipity Bible Fourth Edition, page 762).

I was taught by example to maintain a prayerful attitude, to keep on working, and to sustain focus on ultimate goals. Many of us are under stress at this time. We have anxieties brought about by a complex of matters including social and political conflict.  A prayerful attitude is important because it keeps our minds humble and open to insight, inspiration, and leadings of the Spirit. Working and keeping active prevents self-destructive paralysis and ennui. Focus on ultimate goals lifts our sights and validates our efforts with meaning and purpose – we work for the attainment of freedom, justice, peace, individual respect, freedom from fear, healthy stability within families, and the disciplines of love. This triangulation of attitude and effort constitutes a sturdy, true, and proven route to victorious living.

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