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The Secret of Endurance: The secret to endurance lies in divine rest.

Updated: Aug 12, 2023

Life is a journey filled with peaks and valleys, challenges and triumphs, moments of despair, and instances of hope.

In the midst of this unpredictable terrain, the secret to enduring trials lies in finding the balance between rest, perseverance, and drawing strength from God’s divine presence.

Tip #1 - Rest To Recover

Imagine standing at the foot of a daunting mountain, a task that seems insurmountable. It's easy to feel overwhelmed. But remember, the climb is not meant to be rushed. Just as you wouldn't sprint a marathon, take it step by step.

Occasionally, we paused during our ascent of the peak Shirui Lily. We learned: Irrespective of the enormity of the challenge ahead, persist in your efforts, find moments to rejuvenate, and steadily advance step by step towards your objective.

We climbed the highest summit. Doubts arose among individuals regarding my wife's capability to reach the peak. Numerous individuals undertake this ascent each year in pursuit of good fortune. We ascended the mountain to create lasting memories and to connect intimately with God’s natural world.

Rest when you need to, for it's in those moments of quiet recovery that true strength is forged. As Isaiah 30:15 reminds us, "In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength."

Tip #2 - Eat And Endure: Don't Forget To Nourish

Climbing a mountain isn't just a physical endeavor—it's a mental and spiritual journey too. Just as you nourish your body with food and water during the climb, nourish your soul by becoming one with the creator.

During our ascent to Shirui Peak, we consumed bananas and drank water. Irrespective of your situation, ensure you nourish both your body and soul as you confront what lies ahead.

While we had a friend who carried bananas, we carried water bottles. Periodically, we paused for water breaks and enjoyed bananas. Our youthful companion consistently reassured us that” We are almost there.”However, "almost" can occasionally feel like "never." Despite this, we persisted without entertaining thoughts of retreating or abandoning the climb prematurely.

"...And the angel of the Lord came back the second time, and touched him, and said, “Arise and eat, because the journey is too great for you.” So he arose, and ate and drank; and he went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights as far as Horeb, the mountain of God." – 1 Kings 19:5-8

Life might throw challenges at you, circumstances that make you question your ability to continue. But like the angel who offered sustenance to Elijah, realize that you too deserve nourishment. The journey might be great, but the strength gained from nourishing yourself will carry you through.

Tip #3 - Endurance Produces Character

Endurance isn't just about pushing through the pain; it's about embracing the lessons that adversity brings.

My husband remarked, "Your dedication to your workouts played a crucial role in your journey to conquer the summit." This experience revolves around resilience. I am currently recuperating from shoulder surgery aimed at repairing my torn tendon – one of the most agonizing procedures. As a result, I haven't been able to maintain my regular exercise routine as before. This period has been a rigorous test of endurance since the surgery. Out of pain, serenity can arise. From suffering, solitude can be found. Embrace pain and suffering when driven by noble intentions.

Suffering can, paradoxically, lead to growth and inner strength. It's in those moments of enduring that we find our true character, and in turn, hope is born. Romans 5:3-4 reminds us that "suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope." So, be patient in struggles; embrace them as opportunities for transformation.

Tip #4 - Endure With A Goal:

Goals act as beacons of light in the darkest of valleys. When you find yourself in the depths of uncertainty, remember your purpose, your destination.

Our children have become more resilient and healthier. They reached the summit while we were only halfway up the ascent. Observing them at the peak filled us with inspiration. Life is a journey, and having individuals who motivate you by your side is beneficial. Jesus is a profound source of inspiration for us. He exemplifies unwavering endurance.

Just as you fix your gaze on the peak of a mountain, fix your focus on your goals. Draw inspiration from those who've succeeded before you, and let their achievements propel you forward. Just as Hebrews 12:1-2 advises, "Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith."

Tip #4 - Draw Power From His Presence:

In the journey of life, you are never alone. Whether you believe in God’s power or not, the strength to endure often comes from realizing that there's something greater at play. Just as God promised his presence to Moses, you too can draw power from this knowledge. "My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest" (Exodus 33:14). When you feel weak, when the journey seems too arduous, lift your eyes and know that help comes from a source greater than yourself.

"Embracing the secret of endurance means understanding the delicate dance between rest and perseverance." – Wung & Margareth Valui

As you journey through life, remember that enduring isn't just about surviving; it's about thriving. It's about becoming the best version of yourself, shaped by the experiences you weather. So, step by step, embrace the secret of endurance and discover the remarkable strength that lies within you.

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