Sunday, October 21, 2007


Tolerance is a human attitude that favorably reflects our relationship with our fellowmen. Patience is also a human attribute whereby we do things to achieve a certain purpose in life. It is akin to persistence or sticking to a certain goal until its eventual fruition.

But perseverance is different. It is a godly attribute. It is the conscious decision of a person to willingly accept trials and testings in his life with the hope that his Creator has something sublime in store for him at some future time.

Perseverance is anchored on a living faith and an unshakable hope that the words (promise) of his Creator will come to pass no matter what the present situations maybe.

Perseverance is to go against the common directions of man. By nature, man will always throw off whatever yoke is placed on his shoulders. Not so with the person who perseveres. He willingly accepts the yoke (burden), trusting in the faithfulness of his Creator to accomplish His purpose for laying it on him.

Man may have his own individual reasons for willingly and humbly accepting such yoke on his shoulder. Some would feel liberation from the heavy load of guilt and shame caused by past misdeeds in life. Some would consider it a sacrifice and an offering to be at peace with his Creator. Whatever it is, perseverance is done with a godly intention in mind.

And perseverance produces a godly character- one who looks tenderly at his fellowmen and share in their burdens and toils in life. Fasting and prayer is a form of perseverance.

Climb Every Mountain (from The Sound of Music) 1960s

Posted by Mel Avila Alarilla


Noushy Syah said...

Mel, this is part of chicken soup for the soul...perseverance for watever reasons, with good intentions,will make ones closer to the Creator and especially for those who believe in the life here after...

That's why fasting and praying are part of the 5 pillars in Islam.

May God Bless you and fmly Mel.Take care.

beachgirl said...

Nice post Mel,
Have a peaceful evening.

HeiressChild said...

this post makes me think about the scripture that says "the race is not to the swift....but to the one who endures to the end." in aesop's fable, "the hare and the tortoise," the hare was so fast and cocky; he thought he had time to sleep, and could still win the race because the tortoise was so slow. but even though the tortoise was slow, he kept perserving (at his slow rate), yet he ended up winning the race.

so it is in our lives; we have to perserve thru our trials, our sufferings, or whatever befalls us, knowing that we will achieve whatever goal we're seeking as long as we continue on.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Noushy,
Yes, only people with the right relationship to his Creator can persevere. It is totally opposite the current world view where people will always get his way and will avoid putting on an unnecessary burden on his shoulder. Yes, I know that fasting and prayer are integral part of the pillars of Islam. Thanks for your usual visit. Smile. Have a wonderful and peaceful day.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Thanks Carol. I appreciate your visit here. It's evening there but it's morning here. He, he, *lol* Smile. God bless and have a wonderful and fulfilling day.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Amen, Heiresschild. Well said. Perseverance is trusting in God's faithfulness in keeping His promises.
Thanks for your usual visit Heiresschild. I always appreciate your visit and your meaningful comments. Smile always. God bless and have a peaceful and wonderful day.

Sameera said...

Inspiring words from an inspiring soul.Beautiful post.The Sound Of Music is an all time favorite movie of mine and its music evergreen :)

Revista *CaLMa* said...

Gracias por la visita

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Thanks for your visit Sameera and for your kind comments. Smile. Have a nice and beautiful day.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Revista Calma,
Gracias too for your visit. Smile. Have a nice and wonderful day.

Miss Kurdapya said...

Perseverance is commitment, hard work, patience, endurance.It is also being able to bear difficulties calmly and without complaint.
...i know so easy to say but so hard to do.. but there are lots of People who persevered despite handicaps and disabilities like Beethoven (composer) - was deaf
Stevie Wonder (musician) - is blind
Helen Keller (author) - was deaf and blind..
and i believed when you said that

"It is a godly attribute. It is the conscious decision of a person to willingly accept trials and testings in his life with the hope that his Creator has something sublime in store for him at some future time."

Faith to the Lord and perseverance.. nothing is impossible!

Green Earth said...

Beautifully expressed, always a joy to visit your sites.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

You're beginning to sound philosophical Miss Kurdapya. That's very good to hear. True love is also a matter of perseverance. We don't lose hope that someday the Lord will grant our prayers for that someone special in our lives. We just have to trust that He really has something excellent in store for us. Thanks for your usual visit to my blog and for the excellent comments. Smile always. God bless and have a patient and peaceful day.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

And it is a joy likewise to visit your sites too Greenearth. I am always treated to excellent paintings and articles that redound to the good of our mother planet earth. Thanks for your usual visits. Smile always. God bless and have a nice and peaceful day.

"Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts" (Hebrews 4:7b)


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