It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Chapter 10, Page 22, Book 13



Tentative efforts lead to tentative outcomes. Therefore, give yourself fully to your endeavors. Decide to construct your character through excellent actions and determine to pay the price of a worthy goal. The trials you encounter will introduce you to your strengths. Remain steadfast...and one day you will build something that endures, something worthy of your potential. 

Epictetus

On being steadfast...

This past week my daily reflections were all about being persistent and persevering and I have already touched upon those subjects in some of my posts last week.  

A new word was introduced in the Sunday readings and that was steadfast.  This old fashioned word does have a lot of meaning.  It is comparable to constancy and endurance.  If we are steadfast about something, we do something consistently, enduring what is needed to get the job done. We don't avoid or run from the challenges and pressures of life.

I had the joy of having my 1 year old grandson in church with his mama this past Sunday.  She doesn't always bring him because it is hard for him to sit still and be quiet.  He kept saying he wanted to go, go, go...  Still he had to endure it all and was held fast by his mama's arms.  He's not going to learn unless he's taught.  My daughter is one steadfast mom.

Steadfastness is hope in action.  In life, there will always be trials. It means that we are alive. And when the sun rises the next morning, it means that we have put another day of trials behind us, and that, thankfully, we have another day of trials ahead of us waiting to be endured. I say thankfully, because as long as an obstacle is before us, it provides us another opportunity to take another step up,  another opportunity to become what we are meant to be.


Steadfastness is a noble quality, but unguided by knowledge or humility it becomes rashness or obstinacy. 

J. Swart

5 comments:

jack69 said...

Very timely entry, and the opening quote is a 'keeper' for me. saved and printed. Thanks, you find some good ones, then add some originals yourself.

Mary Ann said...

That's a very good word for the day...

betty said...

Steadfast is not one of those words we hear often these days, Ma. I know there are several scriptures that have it in them. I think you described it well and I'm sure your daughter, in her steadfastness, will get her little one accustomed to being in the church setting :)

betty

TARYTERRE said...

Steadfast is a good word with an important message.

Chatty Crone said...

You have to have trust to hold steadfast!