The Power of Perseverance

“I didn’t think you were coming back,” the fitness instructor said when she saw me coming through the door. I can understand her comment, since after my first attempt in class I had whined about battling head-to-toe muscle aches for days afterwards. But despite feeling like I had been run over with a Mack truck after exercising, something in me said, “don’t quit after one try.”

thGVL9S49HThe morning the class rolled around again, I awoke to my radio playing the song “Stronger,” by Mandisa. The first words to reach my ears were, “The pain ain’t gonna last forever, and things can only get better; Believe me, this is gonna make you stronger.” Obviously she wasn’t singing specifically about my attempt at strengthening my muscles, but I smiled at God and considered it a wink of encouragement to pull on my stretch pants again that night.

My exercise teacher’s response made me think back a few years to my first day at a new job. I was introduced to a tiny but tough-looking woman who was retiring from the position I was filling.   Having been in the job for at least a millennium, she quickly conveyed the not-so-subtle message that no one could possibly fill her shoes – and that she fully expected me to fail miserably. Continue reading “The Power of Perseverance”

The Tortoise Approach

th[5]When I started singledevotion last July, I set a goal to publish two posts per month. Since I have a lot of “archived” writing from my pre-blog days, I thought it would be realistic to write one new post each month and if needed, fill the other slot with some “recycled” material that has never been shared online.

What happened is that the “bottled up” writer in me got so excited to be alive again that blog ideas burst through the starting gate and spilled out faster than I could contain them. I acted more like the hare, taking off in a mad sprint and publishing a new post every weekend instead of wisely taking the originally planned tortoise approach. Continue reading “The Tortoise Approach”