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Last week’s post entitled “Perseverance, Not Perfection” was like it was written especially for me. Every day was wake up and decide “today is going to be different”, we will change our life for the better, it’s a new start. Sometimes it lasts only for the day, sometimes a week, maybe even two, but we always find that we go back to our old ways. Whether it is something major, like an addiction problem or something smaller like giving more of ourselves to others, it’s a struggle, and we give it up.
But anyone can decide to do the right thing in an inspired moment. The real virtue, of course, is in deciding to do it again the next day (and the day after that) once the feeling of inspiration has passed.
As Warner points out above, the real challenge is doing the right thing day after day after day. Persevering. We need to persevere in living with Christ. Because when we don’t, Satan is there to move right into our lives, especially for those like me who had him living and controlling my life for as long as he did.rner
Sure, we would all like to be perfect, we would all like to never sin again, but in reality that probably isn’t going to happen. But we have t realize that we aren’t perfect, we will be tempted, and we may even sin, but we can’t give up. We must persevere. Warner includes this quote from St. Francis de Sales::
“Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them – every day begin the task anew.” – St. Francis de Sales
Patience truly is a virtue.
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