PERSEVERANCE - To keep working on something even if you don’t want to

Do you remember the story of Noah and the Ark?  If you recall, God told Noah that He was going to be sending a big flood that would cover the entire earth with water.  He told Noah that if he followed God’s directions, God would keep him safe.  Noah was asked to build a really big boat.  In fact, this boat was 450 feet long. 

A football field is only 360 feet long.  This was a HUGE boat that Noah was asked to build.  Building this ark took a very long time.  In fact, by the time Noah finished building it he and his wife had three sons and they were all grown up and married themselves.  During this time I am sure that Noah wanted to give up on building the ark because it had to be very hard and others probably even made fun of him for building such a big boat.  Noah PERSEVERED and obeyed God by continuing to build the ark.  Because Noah obeyed and

PERSEVERED, God saved him and his family when the flood covered the earth and only his family and the animals God told him to bring onto the ark survived.


Just think about the hardest, longest thing you have been asked to do.  How long did this task take you?  Maybe you were asked to clean up your toys.  It may have seemed that it took you forever, but it probably only took you a few minutes.  Think about being asked to do something that took years and years to do.  Sometimes in our lives there will be things that we don’t want to do, but when we PERSEVER and finish them, you will get to experience the reward at the end. 



“Do you not know that in a race all runners run, but only one gets the prize? 

Run in such a way to get the prize. ” 1 Corinthians 9:24