“Endurance is the price tag of achievement.” (Unknown)
Stickability is the ability to stick with something and see it through. It is the process of persevering with something until it is done. Any great feat requires staying power.
David had it in his heart to be king and to build a house for the LORD. But it was an uphill struggle, and it was achieved by unwavering stickability.
Remember, O LORD, in David’s favour, all the hardships he endured. (Psalm 132:1)
Hardship – all the hardships
David’s life was no walk in the park. From the beginning he was beset by challenges, disappointments and hardship. He carried a God given vision in his heart, yet difficulties followed him at every turn. Ease and straightforwardness, or pain and impossibility, are no indication of the will of God. God’s will is God’s will, whatever the circumstances. All God’s servants face hardship at many points in their pilgrimage. That is no reason to give up. God given vision involves mountain sized challenges.
Endurance – he endured
The choice David faced was to give up or carry on. Time and again he was confronted with this test. What made the difference for David was his attitude. Whatever was thrown at him, David endured. It is this attitude that separates the men from the boys. “Never give in – never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convicts of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.” (Winston Churchill) God given vision requires an attitude of endurance.
Success – a place for the LORD
David made it. By the grace of God and a lifetime of endurance he became king of Judah, king of Israel, established a kingdom, made detailed preparations for the house of God, and became the great ancestor of Christ. Everyone wants to be like David, but few want to endure like he did. Yet for those who will fight the good fight, finish the race and keep the faith, there is laid up a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award on that Day. (2 Timothy 4:7-8) God given vision will eventually meet with success.
“Endurance develops every time you reject the temptation to give up.” (Rick Warren) Stickability is does not come naturally to anyone. It is developed through the trials of life. Endurance may not be fun, but the rewards are worth it. Wherever you are at, stick at it.