Perseverance is a defining attribute for those who do make a difference. Time and again in success stories you hear about how the person persevered in the accomplishment of their goals. It seems that most of the time when we hear of perseverance, especially at this time of the year, it is in regard to us accomplishing our goals, achieving our success.
In both the book and movie Unbroken the perseverance Louis Zamperini exhibited is astounding and inspiring. However, there are two other examples of perseverance in the book that caught my attention. First was the perseverance of Louis’s brother Pete. Pete did not give up on Louis and as a result changed the course of his life. Later in life, after her spiritual transformation, Louis’s wife did not give up on Louis and through her perseverance, Louis’s life was changed forever when he became a follower of Christ. The impact of Louis’s life after his transformation was incredible.
Louis’s life was shaped by many people and events, but these two examples stood out to me. Two people who would not give up on someone else when that person seemed beyond hope. Unselfish love.
Who is in your life that you feel like giving up on? Who seems beyond hope? Maybe it is an opportunity to persevere and to change that person’s life. Don’t give up – love wins.
Last week was quite a week. My last day in the office for Ambassador Enterprises (a great company filled with exceptional people!) to working with some good friends whose company is growing, to packing up my truck for me to drive South. So, not too many posts this past week.
Today (Monday, September 15, 2014) a man of God, a great husband and father, a friend, and a mentor, is being buried in east Texas. Jack Robertson has touched countless lives and many, many people (including me) are better because of his investment into their lives.
Jack’s deep faith in God and his love for his family were immediately evident to those he touched. He was a great businessman and entrepreneur, but business seemed more of a way to meet and serve others than just making a profit. Jack cared deeply about others and served others. His wisdom blessed me in so may ways. With his dry humor and east Texas drawl he would often share simple but profound observations that cut to the heart of the matter and cause you to see things in a totally different light.
I could go on and on, but my feeble words do not do justice to the life of Jack Robertson. Jack Robertson is a man who lived well and he died well. His faith and confidence in Jesus Christ enabled him to face death with calmness and dignity. Jack is now whole again and we rejoice that he is with his Lord, but we mourn the loss of a friend. Bittersweet indeed.
Today, if you would, pause for a minute and pray for his family. Then pause and reflect on your life. Is it a life well lived?