This week, the third week of the second half of the Advent Term, our Christmas holidays seem a long way off but we take heart from St. Julie’s words to: “Ask of the good God the spirit of perseverance in everything.” St. Julie faced many issues in her life that required perseverance! She was bedridden for 22 years. She was persecuted for her faith and had to make that dramatic escape in a haycart from a mob out to kill her. She even had significant opposition from within the Church! But, she kept on going and we are part of her living legacy!
It’s so easy to despair and give up. Runners will tell you that the hardest part of any run is getting out of the front door! That’s the hard first step but once you’re on the way and have completed the run, there is a sense of accomplishment. If you’re unable to get out of the door, you tend to be disappointed with yourself and the feeling stays with you.
Maybe you’ll face a similar decision this week. Should I press on with this homework? Should I finish this off now or leave it till tomorrow? Should I do this marking now?
Of course, it’s important to balance things out but why not ask God to give you both the spirit of perseverance and of wisdom so you can make the right decisions for you.
Give us strength to persevere when times are hard.
Give us wisdom to know when to persevere and when to rest!
Help us encourage those around us with kind, affirming words.