God's Love, Shalom , Christian, Mumbai, India, Peace, Shalomindia, Jesus,
The Crown of Life
is the man who perseveres." (James 1:12)
Meaning: Continue in a course of action even in the face of difficulty
or with little or no indication of success.
James tells us that if we hold up under pressure and stay the
course when others are dropping out, we receive the crown of life that
God has promised to those who love Him. Did you catch that? It's
the crown of life -
that means we get to wear it here, not when we get to heaven. There are
plenty of other crowns for that occasion.
One of the most stirring examples of persevering until the crown is
given is found in the story of a man we all know. His first attempt at
business failed. He tried politics and within only one year failed there
also. He went back to the business sector for yet another try, and
failed again. That's three failures in three years.
He struggled for the next two years and then suffered a nervous
breakdown. After taking two years to recover, he tried once again in the
political world and was defeated in his bid to be elected as Speaker of
the House. Two years later he made his bid to be appointed as the
Elector and was again defeated.
Three years after this he ran for a seat in Congress and was defeated.
He waited five years to run for office again, and was again defeated. He
spent the next seven
years as a relative unknown in the private sector and then ran yet again
for a political office - this time in the Senate. Again, he was
defeated. The following year he was nominated by his party to be the
candidate for Vice-President, but was defeated along with his running
mate in the general election.
After two more years he tried again for the Senate seat but again was
defeated. Then, after another two years later, in 1860,
Abraham Lincoln was elected as the 16th
President of the United States!
Twenty four years of sheer endurance! What if he had quit twenty
three years into the process?! It would have been a great loss to
everyone. And why on earth should you quit - seeing you have already
come this far?
Stay with it, my friend; there is a crown of life awaiting you. And we
will celebrate your success!