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Perseverance

Be not weary in well-doing.
—Bible

If we work a few days or weeks faithfully endeavoring to live to the best of our spiritual awakenment, and then let discouragement possess us, we shall not make rapid strides in growth. When we learn the principles of life and apply, them to daily living, we are at first surprised at our success. All disagreeable conditions vanish, like snow under a high sun. We feel that we have at last a knowledge that will enable us to overcome all obstacles and make our lives at once harmonious and free from care. We tell this to our friends. We feel elated. This very elation is the opening wedge to our downfall, the beginning of our disasters, although we do not realize it. There comes an experience which tries us beyond endurance, or maybe it is a number of little annoyances which culminate in something unexpected and undesired. We rally ourselves to meet it, we flounder around like a man in a snow-bank, and finally roll over and are lost to view. We are so weary with our effort to extricate ourselves that we lie still, actually having no desire to move, — would rather stay where we are than make any more effort. Then thoughts drift into our consciousness, “Is it not better to try again?” “Is not the new way of living better than the old, even if we do fall down?” We make new resolves, we will try again. We will not “be weary,” even if our “well-doing” has been small. This is the stand we must take, — never, never to let discouragement creep in. Be up again and doing, doing faithfully over and over again, no matter how many times, but with the one aim that we will overcome through growth all things.
When I am weak, then am I strong. — Paul

This seems to be a contradiction, but it is not. When we realize the weakness of the personality, then do we become conscious for the first time of the strength of the individuality, or soul part. “I of myself can do nothing.” The “I of myself” is the personal self. But “all things are possible to him who believeth,” to him who depends upon the divine within, who realizes that God works through him to will and to do. Then, and not till then, do we become aware of our strength. We must give up the personality entirely, and live only in recognition of our individuality. Then we shall not “weary in well-doing,” then shall we be strong in the only true sense. The demands of the personal do not denote strength. The perfect confidence and peace which are ours as we realize the individuality of soul impress us with a strength we have never known before.

“If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.”

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