Robert Griffith | 24 February 2023
Robert Griffith
24 February 2023


I was driving home from a meeting one night recently and felt tears forming in my eyes. There was no real reason – just the pressures of life at that time. It caught me unawares really. Perhaps I wasn’t coping with things as well as I thought?

You recall those times, don’t you? You’re managing everything that comes your way without getting upset, dealing with unforeseen problems with a cool head, sticking to the schedule, and then it happens … you reach the point where you become acutely aware of how exhausted you are – physically, emotionally and even spiritually.

I guess that was me that night. I decided that driving while crying was not a good idea, so I prayed. God responded with just one word.


It was His kind reprimand. My one word for this year is persevere. I find myself thinking about it constantly now in very specific ways.

Through the challenging days that drag on for too long … persevere.

In holding on to optimism despite it appearing that others have given up … persevere.

Continue to follow Jesus, particularly when I am aware that I am being attacked spiritually … persevere

Even when giving up seems simpler … persevere.

James 5:11  “As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.”

I found solace in God’s encouragement to keep going and it made me stronger. I was reminded that pushing through the pressures in my own strength was just not sustainable. I must rely on His strength and embrace His empowering presence.

Jesus brings peace to our souls.

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