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Sentence Sermons (Christian Inspiration) #42 --- Endurance
Quotations on Endurance
The secret of endurance is not just tenacity or will power. It is sustained because one can see what cannot be seen--the soul's vision of "Him who is invisible." (Hebrews 11:27.) Every one of us have moments when we are tempted to surrender the best within us. But when we keep seeing something that is greater than we are, we have the faith to hold on and to go on.
—Charles L. Allen, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., Sept. 19, 1957.
Simple endurance, uncomplaining, unbreakable endurance, is bound to show results. To be beyond tiring out, pour fate never so hard and long--that tells. Count a thousand men on the street as they pass. Not ten are durable. It is the rarest of qualities to be able to work without encouragement and without present results, to work afflicted and sore, solely because you know you are on the right track, and it is only a question of your endurance. ...
Endurance means that one after another all the comforts of life may go, as the luxuries went--yes, and all the necessaries may go, but the heroic soul will hold steadily on till Fate itself is sick and loses heart in her persecution. Nothing can stand before that man. He may have all things in the end. Endurance means an iron will. Immediate happiness is regarded with indifference. Self is lost sight of in view of the prize. One submits constantly.
Endurance is training of the finest quality. No coach teaches it. Before he is aware of it the earnest man is in for it, and the first thing he realizes is that he must coach himself. ... It is about the grandest thing a human ever does, this almost divine enduring for the sake of a noble end. It is character. It must meet the approval of the Creator.
—Emory J. Haynes, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis, Mo., May 16, 1910.
Endurance stands for character more than anything else. ... If we endure as we ought God deals with us as with sons. ... A vision of God will transform any man. ... The world is full of noble men and women who, though their lives are lowly, have seen a vision and go out to usefulness, enduring all of the hardships of ordinary existence to their fellowmen to life and happiness.
To each of us this vision can come if we allow it. It will lift us above the cares of business and the worries of life. It will quiet the fears when to material sight all things appear in ghastly light. For each of us the prayer should be, "Grant to us that we may have today, tomorrow and through all our days that beautiful vision of God."
—George W. Truett, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Feb. 2, 1906.
"Love endureth all things." (1 Corinthians 13:7.) Love continues hearing, believing, and hoping to the end. She will not retrace nor retreat. No obstacles are great enough to stop her work, no burdens too heavy to make her fall into despair. This word "endureth" is found in Hebrew 12:2, where reference is made to "enduring the cross." The verb is in the imperfect tense, and is permissibly rendered "kept on staying under." Here is love's final test. It keeps on staying under. If it "gets from under," it was not love to begin with. I have seen a picture of a dim, vanishing cross above which appears a bright crown of gold. Underneath are the lines:
"Bidding my heart look up, not down,
While the cross fades before the crown."
—Samuel Judson Porter, Baptist Standard, Dallas, Texas, June 22, 1916.
Endurance is the price of excellence.
—S.M. Martin, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, April 11, 1892.
Endurance is not passing on, but pushing on.
—H.E. Sala, The Miami Herald, Miami, Fla., Nov. 14, 1921.
Christians need their spiritual mountain tops if they are to endure their shadowed valleys.
—James DeForest Murch, Christian Standard, Cincinnati, Ohio, March 14, 1942.
"Tribulation worketh patience." (Romans 5:3.) Let the power to endure be made perfect. If we will keep before us the fact that God is fashioning a life, and that the fashioning calls for this and that trial, and that the ultimate outcome will be splendid for character and spirit, if we do not resist the discipline, then will we endure.
—J.E. Nunn, Amarillo Daily News, Amarillo, Texas, Sept. 21, 1935.
Endurance implies continuing to the finish without wavering or stopping. It means, of course, that we overcome challenges which face us, but it has deeper meaning also. ... Endurance means more than just wading through afflictions. It means that we face each new day with excitement, wondering what challenges lie in front of us. It means that we tackle the tasks that lie before us with enthusiasm, and be anxiously engaged in the work of the Lord at all times. ...
The adversary is very subtle in dealing with this principle. He very cunningly places emphasis on "the end" aspect of endurance. He causes it to sound far off, vague, and unrealistic. Often we get a "put it off till tomorrow" attitude, thinking that we can wait until then to begin our endurance. So often we rationalize after we have had some success, and think we deserve a little time off for good behavior. Our Father in Heaven does not accept death bed endurance. Endurance to the end begins at this end. No runner can expect to win a race unless he begins to endure as soon as the gun goes off, and for us, the gun has gone off. We can't hope to finish on the right hand of our Father, unless we begin to endure now.
—E. Wayne VanLeuven, Motivator, Portland, Ore., October 1967.
Endurance is abiding in the place and circumstances of duty to which we are called, bearing up under labors, difficulties, trials, conflicts, and sorrows, calmly and resolutely awaiting the will and direction of God. "Commit thy way to the Lord; trust also in him. Trust also in the Lord and wait patiently for him." (Psalms 37:5.) Christian endurance necessitates a consciousness of right intent in every area of life, void of offense toward man and God. It demands confidence in God and in our cause as approved by Him. By faith Moses "forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible." (Hebrews 12:27.) His confidence was stayed in the Eternal, Immortal, Invisible God. We need this endurance in all our labors for the cause of Christ and the good of men; in the afflictions and wrongs which we personally suffer; in respect to the fulfilling of God's plan for the world.
—W.R. Wagoner, The Baptist Training Union Magazine, Nashville, Tenn., March 1948.
It is endurance to the end that alone secures any high success in anything. The laws that govern our spiritual development are the same laws that govern any development. The qualities that secure spiritual victory are the same qualities that secure any victory. ...
If I should choose one word by which to name this quality that is the only guarantee of success in any department of life I should call it strenuousness. It is more than perseverance, it is more than industry, it is even more than earnestness. It gathers them all up, and adds to them an intense anxiety to succeed, an intense anxiety to carry out to which the hand has been set, a willingness to take every pains to leave no stone unturned, no agency unemployed. It is discouraged, but never checkmated; the friction of obstacles but gives it fresh fire, the opposition of everyone but deepens the determination to succeed. I tell you, when you encounter a man thus animated, unless you are inspired with an equal resolution, unless you can match his strenuousness with your own you had better yield to him. No lazy man can defeat him, for he will take infinite pains; no man in a hurry can beat him, for he will take care and take time; no man who loves ease and quiet can beat him, for ease and quiet he will not permit his opponents to enjoy.
In the Christian life he is the only man whom the devil himself cannot beat, for the strenuousness of God stretches down from heaven to reinforce the strenuousness of His faithful soldier, and this great human quality that God loves then becomes omnipotent. It presses on, avoiding all secret pitfalls and snares. It bears all things and dares all things and suffers all things. Loaded down with what weight you will it struggles on to the end. irresistible.
—Hudson Stuck, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, March 19, 1900.
Morality is the power of endurance in man.
—William Jennings Bryan, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, Sept. 7, 1913.
The man that endures is the man that wins.
—Elbert Hubbard, quoted in Deseret Evening News, Salt Lake City, Utah, Oct. 14, 1905.
"For he endured as seeing him who is invisible." (Hebrews 11:27.) This endurance ... was not a passive waiting for something to take place. The scholars tell us that the word translated in our text "endured" is not found anywhere else in the New Testament and that it means the endurance of a man who not only bears his burdens and waits for the fulfillment of the promise, but also bears himself valiantly and does his work with might through the Spirit.
—Charles L. King, Houston Post, Houston, Texas, Sept. 11, 1955.
Endurance is a very much better test of character than any one act of heroism, however noble.
—Orison Swett Marden, The Chicago Daily News, Chicago, Ill., March 15, 1918.
"Blessed is the man that endureth temptation; for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him." (James 1:9.) What does endure mean? The Greek word there really means persevere. It means to stand up under. It means hold your ground. Are you able to hold your ground? Are you able to stand up under? Do you have that staying power that comes when you know the purpose of trials and stress, that they are profitable in your life? Why did James say, "Happy is the man" or "Blessed is the man?" Because, when you pass the test you receive the crown of life. We are the victor because of Christ. Obviously God has a reward for patient sufferers. The companion verse of this one is "Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer; behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days; be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life." (Revelation 2:10.) Notice that he said, "Be thou faithful unto death," not "until death."
—Lyndon Longoria, Strength for Today, DeRidder, La., May 1, 1996.
Religious principle is not an article that can be disposed with for a season, and resumed at a more convenient time with any assurance of obtaining the eternal benefits resulting from faithfulness. The scriptures state that it is he who endures to the end that will be saved.
—Charles W. Penrose, Deseret Evening News, Salt Lake City, Utah, June 10, 1886.
Salvation is a process, not a destination; it is not a goal, but an eternal journey toward a goal.
—Hugh B. Brown, Deseret News, Salt Lake City, Utah, Nov. 29, 1947.
Endurance is truly a virtue of the strong, for it is the will to win combined with the power to conquer.
—Trumpet, Rome, Italy, January 1973.
After all, life is one long endurance race and we are all entered.
—Louisville Herald, Louisville, Ky., Oct. 9, 1911.
Necessity is the mother of endurance.
—Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, Sept. 9, 1903.
Nothing wears a man out so fast as testing his endurance as a matter of curiosity.
—Milwaukee Journal, Milwaukee, Wis., July 8, 1895.
Endurance is patience long sustained under stress of opposition, discouragement, loss; but its real foundation is what? A sure knowledge of that which one hopes for. He who is unable to endure to the end is he whose convincedness has somewhere a flaw. Understanding faith cannot but stand fast, for it knows. ...
The close alliance of patience with love further points to this virtue of endurance as a link with things divine. A pure human love has always constancy as an essential element. Such love does not change with the apparent worth of its object. ... The secret of true Christian fortitude is that the love of God is sustaining His child's love. Surely love without patience, constancy, endurance, is inconceivable. A sentiment which can change is not love. Paul saw that love "endureth all things." (1 Corinthians 13:7.) This is because love to be love at all must partake in some degree of the divine performance.
—The Christian Science Monitor, Boston, Mass., June 23, 1911.
Endurance at its best is enlightened spiritual understanding.
—The Christian Science Monitor, Boston, Mass., March 6, 1916.
Overcoming is one of the most strengthening tonics man knows.
—Mary Connelly Kimball, Relief Society Magazine, Salt Lake City, Utah, January 1938.