She is trying for the fifth time to swim across the open waters from Havana, Cuba to the Florida Keys. She first tried when she was 28 years old. Today, at 64, she was trying one last time over Labor Day weekend to swim the 100 miles. While she lives in opposition to God’s plan with her lifestyle choices, Diana Nyad does exemplify what it means to persevere and never give up. (Miami Herald)
She has been stopped in her quest by jellyfish stings, storms, severe fatigue and exhaustion; yet, she keeps training and trying. I must admire her accomplishments if nothing else, because while “if at first you don’t succeed, you must try, try again” is not found in the Bible, the command for believers to keep trying and never give up certainly is.
In James 1:12 we are told, “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.”
Once you claim Christ as your Lord, and live according to His teachings and not the teachings of the world, you will find yourself opposed . . . often times by those whose sting is much worse than a jellyfish. How you respond is a pretty good indication of who you really are, especially in the face of opposition.
Are you undergoing trails? Maybe as a result of your standing up for the truth? Is it getting harder and harder to follow Jesus? Don’t give up; there is a crown of life waiting for you.
“Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.”
Robertson, Linda. “Other Sports.” The Miami Herald. Miami Herald Media Co 2013, 18 Sept. 2013. Web. 03 Oct. 2013.
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