Endurance brings an image to mind of winning and shining! I think of the exhilarating feeling, a high sense of finishing a race & the heightened feeling of accomplishment.
Side note to what I'm talking about here. Can I tell you that I am smiling over the fact that my husband told me that he is memorizing 1 Corinthians 13 (known as the love chapter). It is quite endearing to me to sit with the Bible on my lap, listening to my husband recite the scrippys to me, that is never-changing about love. As I listen to him speak, I cannot seem to get past this scrippy:
Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. 1 Corinthians 13:6 NLT
The word endure has been jumping out at me for the last week.
Endurance, to me, is that of the triathlete - someone who has given up many hours to train, given up sleep & relationships (temporarily) to accomplish the goal - to finish the race they have committed to do. We applaud those who have so disciplined/conditioned themselves to fulfill such a goal.
While thinking on the training of the triathlete, I got an eye-opening thought of a far greater illustration of endurance.
For the joy that was set before Him (Jesus) endured the cross. Hebrews 12:2 NKJV
This is the ultimate show of endurance. Because of His great love for us, He endured the suffering of the cross. It was all for us so that we could regain our rightful relationship with Him. Talk about endurance!
While I am slightly jealous (for lack of my own self-disciple) of the endurance of the triathlete, I will say, I am far more intrigued and wowed by the self-sacrifice of Jesus, for the sake of others. ENDURANCE perfected.