Endurance vs Discouragement_giving up overview

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This overview lesson gives you a foundation for facing giants, getting through hard times, putting up with stuff that does not make you happy (and thereby gives you a choice point in how to face the trials), and generally provides a base for growing stronger and stronger as you learn from and work through life experiences that aren't necessarily fun..

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Endurance: An Overview    The inward strength to withstand stress so as to accomplish God's best .:

Endurance : An Overview      The inward strength to withstand stress so as to accomplish God's best .   ”For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised."     Hebrews 10:36 Character Sketches, Vol. 2 IBLP, 1978, pages 126-175 Information also drawn from Character First! Business Character Bulletin No. 26, various Character Councils, & other websites Overview

Etymology:

Etymology endure    en·dure   [en- d oo r , - dy oo r ]   Origin:   1275–1325; Middle English  enduren    < Anglo-French, Old French  endurer    < Latin  indūrāre  to  harden, make lasting, equivalent to  in- in 2 dūrāre to last, be or become hard, derivative of  dūrus  hard “Endurance is one of the most difficult disciplines, but it is to the one who endures that the final victory comes.” ~ Buddha “The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppose.” ~ Frederick Douglass “Do or do not; there is no try.“ ~ Yoda (The Empire Strikes Back)

Running the race & crossing the finish line:

Running the race & crossing the finish line *Choose to live a “winning” life…just take the next right step toward the goal *Work & choose to be a reliable person *Fulfill your priorities, keep your highest commitments & remove yourself from those that do you harm *Work through whatever depression you may be feeling…let criticism be an opportunity to learn (find the nugget in it & reject the harshness)

Balance Endurance with…:

Balance Endurance with… *Wisdom… “seeing things from God’s perspective”… build personal integrity & find efficient, principled ways to meet the goal. *Joy… “Maintaining a good attitude, even when faced with unpleasant conditions”… our joy comes from serving the Lord in spite of…  *Initiative… “Recognizing & doing what needs to be done before I am asked to do it“ …

5 Keys to Building Endurance:

5 Keys to Building Endurance *Know the goal *Take one step at a time *Find support… *Renew your energy… don’t be afraid to take a break, get out in nature, & do what it takes to center, relax & ground you *Finish well… don’t slack when the end is in sight; plan ahead, check the details, & work steadily; now is not the time for distractions…..

Upcoming areas of Endurance …weeks 1 & 2:

Upcoming areas of Endurance …weeks 1 & 2 * Setting aside privileges which weaken me or others…     Romans 14:21 "It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth , or is offended, or is made weak." *   Maintaining commitment to a goal during times of pressure… Hebrews 12:1 "Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us."  

Weeks 3 & 4…:

Weeks 3 & 4… *Uniting with other like minded people to withstand destructive influences… Ecclesiastes 4:9a, 12b "Two are better than one...and a threefold cord is not quickly broken." *Knowing how and when to use the resources available to me...  Proverbs 3:5-8 " Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes; fear the Lord, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel and marrow to thy bones.”

Our Overview Takeaway ~ The 5 “I Wills” :

Our Overview Takeaway ~ The 5 “I Wills”  1. Not give up… 2. Keep my eyes on the goal… 3. Take the next right step… 4. Not allow criticism discourage me nor gain ground in my spirit… 5. Keep going, pacing myself even when I am tired… "For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised.“ Hebrews 10:36

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