It’s not a word that most of us either like or want to hear. Suffer patiently? Carry on in spite of difficulties? Stay determined in the face of adversity? Undergo testing? Keep moving forward? We don’t want to endure. We want the quick fix, the simple solution, and the easy answer. If there is a path of least resistance we will gladly take it. But anything that requires endurance? Forget that. The problem is that endurance is essential to spiritual growth. Want to be healthy? Want to be whole? Perfect? Complete? Lacking in nothing? If so, we will have to journey the path of endurance. Now is not the time to quit. Take heart and endure. If God has brought you to it, He will bring you through it. God is faithful and He will not fail you. Keep moving forward. You will reach the final destination. Just endure.

And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” ~ James 1:4