There is a famous horse race in Dubai that attracts thousands of fans and lovers of horse racing annually, and it’s usually a talk of the season by numerous media houses and street billboards. This has caught my attention recently, not because I am a fan of horse racing, but because of the name of the race. It is called the Dubai Endurance race. It means, the winner must endure till the end in order to win the price. It must overcome all runners and stay in the race in order to be victorious. Endurance is mostly defined as the power to withstand hardship or stress, or the ability to survive or remain alive amidst dangers and circumstances that are difficult and extremely challenging.
How many of us have started a particular project or a journey, and at the sign of the first adversity or challenge, we quickly give up and abandon the ship.? By the grace of God, I have been able to work offshore during the early years of my career, and in one of the safety briefings we were told, that Captain of the ship is always the last to “abandon” when the alarm 🚨 is sounded for evacuation. He doesn’t just skip overboard in the early stages of an eminent ship wreck . As the saying goes, Winners never quit and quitters never win.
If you will not quit or chicken-out at this moment in you race, in that project, know that victory is ahead. If you will endure a while, despite the challenges that you are facing at this point in time, you will make to the end.
Many are under chronic persecution for one reason or the other, hold on to the faith and upward calling, victory is your password.
The invisible quality of Champions is endurance. They refuse to run from a fight. They know that overcoming involves more than one battle. Never consider quitting. They may fall several times, then get up again and continue the fight . Hell fears a fighter.
“Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love Him,” (James 1:12).
With faith and obedience practiced long enough, the Holy Ghost becomes a constant companion, our natures change, and endurance becomes certain – Henry B. Eyring