Our thought for the week from academy chaplain Mr McKibbin is this week on the theme of ‘perseverance’.
“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.” (James 1:12)
Whenever we choose to pursue something there is an element of sacrifice and discipline involved; we choose to stick at it to achieve our goal AND we accept that somethings will have be put down. Several years ago I was extremely passionate about triathlon and I wanted to constantly improve. Most weeks I would; swim twice, run 2-3 times and cycle twice. I had to be disciplined to keep it up and luckily I had a friend who was similarly interested so we trained together. However I wasn’t willing to make any sacrifices; instead I tried to juggle everything. Unfortunately I reached my body’s physical limits, there wasn’t enough time to recover between training sessions, or after races. My immune system stopped doing its job properly and I was moving from illness to illness and eventually had to stop doing a sport I loved altogether to allow my body to recover.
Perseverance although ideal is not simple. Much wisdom and courage is required to know; firstly if the goal is truly worth pursuing, and secondly what has to be sacrificed in its pursuit. If we don’t take the time to contemplate those questions we risk losing more than just our goal.
Thank you for aspirations and the drive to achieve. We ask for wisdom to rightly assess our goals for their worth and courage to make the necessary sacrifices required. Help us to love and care for ourselves. Amen.