Writing Prompts: Perseverance

Part 1: What To Do When You Think You Can’t Keep Going

Remember the children’s story about the Little Engine That Could? A small engine was asked to pull a train over a high mountain. The task seemed almost impossible, but the little engine continually repeated, “I think I can…I think I can…”  Eventually, he succeeded.
There are times when you feel you can’t go on … can’t climb the mountains before you.  How do you persevere when the trial or task seems insurmountable?

Ponder what God says about it: “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”  James 1:2-4 ESV

Writing Prompt

Think of time when you thought you couldn’t go on.  What was it like for you?  How were you able to persevere?

Part 2: Doing the Right Thing When It Feels Wrong

Keep Going ConceptIt’s not easy to always do the right thing especially when you’re tired … you’re upset … you don’t agree with what is happening. You are tempted to give up.

But in the face of obstacles that aren’t right, God wants you to persevere in the right thing: “As for you, brothers, do not grow weary in doing good” (2 Thess. 3:13, ESV). Great outcomes are ahead when you press on in what He has told you to do.

Writing Prompt

How does it feel to know you are doing what is right and pleasing to God?  Do you ever feel weary doing what is good?


Part 3: Sticking With Prayer – How Long Is Long Enough?

“God is not hearing my prayers!”  How long before you give up feeling frustrated that perhaps God is not really listening or doesn’t care?
But God reminds us to “always pray and not give up” (Luke 18:1, ESV) with this assurance: “Thus Abraham, having patiently waited, obtained the promise”(Hebrews 6:15, ESV).

Writing Prompt

How long is long enough to pray to God for your needs or those of another?

Part 4: Sticking With It When You Can’t See the Shore

On July 4, 1951, Florence Chadwick attempted to swim from Catalina Island to the California coast.  After 15 hours, she gave up stating “Look, I’m not excusing myself. But if I could have seen land, I might have made it.”
On her second attempt she succeeded.  Her secret?  She kept telling herself that even though she didn’t see land, she knew it was there.
God underscores the principle: “Walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7, ESV).

Writing Prompt

Is it difficult or easy for you to trust God even when you cannot see what is ahead?