Having Endurance

Having Endurance

How do you create endurance? Is endurance an attitude, character trait or physical quality? Yes.

Endurance is first an attitude. The attitude is developed in several ways: being goal focused, having view of the big picture, and being tough minded. The attitude of endurance is developed over our life span starting with little things and growing as we grow.

Goals Focused

The attitude of endurance is being goals focused. It looks beyond the circumstances and focuses on the goal to be achieved. It looks beyond the circumstances to the big picture. The more clearly defined the goal, the easier it is for a person to focus on the goal instead of the circumstances. (The goal must be your goal, not someone else's, and it is specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, tangible.) If you are struggling and want to quit, go back and see how important the goal is, and is it worth have endurance to achieve. If you are not sure, re-examine the value of the goal.

Character

Endurance is also a character trait stemming from an overall attitude of "I am tough; I don't quit. I go the long haul." A person who continually shows endurance in circumstances, has practiced developing the right attitudes so that endurance is now part of him or her. This person is now characterized by being a person who endures. How does one develop this character? It comes through practice. A person practices endurance by placing themselves (or finding themselves) in situations that are tough. When one feels like quitting, you give it just a little extra, you hold on just a little longer. You tell yourself "I can handle this. I can endure this." And when you have handled it, you congratulate yourself so that you can do it again the next time. "See I knew I could do that."


As in training for a race by running a little extra each time you run, endurance as a character trait is developed the same way. Parents, teaching your children endurance while they are young is one of the greatest gifts you can give them. Making them stay in the game when they feel like quitting, or finishing the job even though they are tired is a wonderful gift. It seems hard on them now, but you are developing character.

Our society is training people to quit when the going gets tough. A self absorbed generation has little endurance.

Physical endurance

Some people are just tougher than others so it is hard to compare yourself to someone else. We tend to always compare ourselves to someone who is far better than us and see ourselves as lacking. Focus on yourself and moving toward your goal, not another's. Developing physical endurance is much the same as developing endurance as a character. It comes with practice. Push yourself a little farther each time. Exercise, focus on the project at hand; deny yourself to get a little tougher. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Park far away from the store and walk. The little things do matter for they help build the attitude and character.

Endurance in Life

A key to endurance in life is keeping yourself in shape to have endurance. This requires continually working on your attitude, using self talk (I am a person of endurance. I have a character of endurance. I am an enduring person.)It requires continually viewing your goals, reassessing or redefining your goals and identifying your values (what really matters in the long run). Having an accountability or support partner helps us endure. Having hope and a higher purpose enables us to endure. Lastly, keeping yourself physically fit enables you to have greater endurance. Through exercise your body is used to having stress on it so a little hardship is not unknown.


Those who don't take care of their bodies have a tendency to quit when the going gets tough because they are not used to tough going. The same goes with attitude, if you are not a little tough on yourself in going the extra mile or enduring mildly to moderately difficult circumstances, when it gets really tough, you will fold or it will be very painful.



Faith

Romans 15:4-5

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus,


Colossians 1:10-12

And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.


If you are going through a tough time, ask God to help you with developing a spirit of endurance. Ask him to give you hope, for with hope, comes endurance. Ask him to give you a heart of compassion or service or generosity.

If you see someone having a hard time, give them some help. Many times we say "I will pray for you" but what the person really needs is not prayer but some actual help.

Many times a person endures a hardship because others were there to support them. Be a support to another! Love your neighbor as yourself.


 

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