Endurance - The Fourth Stage of Seven to Believe in an Idea
When an idea is tested, many and varied obstacles will be thrown against the faith level of the one who believes in the idea. Unbelief will challenge
belief, not just once, but many times, again and again, testing the endurance level of the believer, and equally, in return, the believer testing the
unseen forces of unbelief - until one or the other wearies, and finally admits defeat.
Opponents may enter the ring in the challenge of a boxing match. One is more skilled than the other, and may display that skill early in the match,
convincing the crowd that the skilled one will emerge the victor.
The other, less-skilled opponent is more determined, hard-headed enough to have trained vigorously, building up a level of fitness that has increased
his endurance. This opponent refuses to lose, refuses to give up, no matter the cost of the blows.
Who do you think will win in the end?
Most likely, the more determined opponent will eventually prevail over the more skilled one. Endurance will carry the more determined one all the way
to the end when the more skilled opponent runs out of energy, gives up the fight, and is defeated.
The same is true when we begin a marathon race. We may start out with enthusiasm because our energy level is high, but we must then run the race
with endurance to reach the finish line. Some race to reach the line in first place, other runners' motivations may be more personal; their goal is simply
In the case of the boxers, it is the last man standing who triumphs. In the case of those running the race, the first to cross is the winner. To others,
just to cross that line is "winning".
It is also true that in the life of an idea, overcoming that unseen, yet very real, enemy of your idea; the last man standing wins, whether it be belief or
unbelief. Keep in mind that it is unbelief that seeks to infect our minds with negativity, and a lethargy that works its way into us with every blow, every
setback, every punch to the