How do you look back on major events? It’s said of history that if we don’t learn from it, we are doomed to repeat its mistakes. I’m sure that we can glean much from all the good points too. I will do a series of thoughts over the coming weeks about what has struck me doing 60@60 looking back in retrospect.
One of the main things that I have picked up on from the last year is the need to persevere. I can quite easily live by emotions and what I’m feeling at that particular moment. Discouragement can sometimes hit me hard; fear can raise it’s head like an ogre; malaise can creep in through the door. Sometimes I just don’t feel like doing something (or anything). 60 activities in a year is over one a week and then there is all the planning associated with it. Where there is a challenge within a challenge-like 60 different recipes only counted as one activity-this magnifies the number of things to do and focus on. Sometimes it feels overwhelming.
There was a time on the Pilgrim’s Way in the middle of woods near Guildford when I had very sore feet, a back aching with the load, was really weary and it started to rain. I couldn’t get my cape on despite a number of attempts. I am ashamed to say I jumped around like a pouting toddler and shouted “I hate this”. Not very mature and a reflection of poor handling of resentment when things don’t go the way I want! Then I carried on as there was nowhere else to go…
Romans 15:5 in the Bible talks about God giving us a spirit of endurance and encouragement. Looking back I am really grateful to Him for giving me an ability to endure and encouragement to do so, either directly from Him or through people, at key times. William Carey, the great pioneer missionary, said he wasn’t gifted but he could plod. I suppose that I have learned that plodding-physically and metaphorically-is an an important ability to have, not just for 60@60 but also for life. To follow the way wherever it leads…
Persecuted Christians have to learn perseverance as so many things are against them, whether family, society or state. They need to know that what they experience is worth it both now and eternally. I will talk about the importance of support from others in a subsequent blog but for them the knowledge of a relationship with God is greater than the cost of what they endure. Like the early disciples, many can’t stop talking about what they have seen and heard. For others, like these believers forced to flee by Islamic militants in Mocambique, receiving aid helps them to persevere in the displaced people camp they find themselves in.
Have a good day and week and thanks for your interest.
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I have attached a list of all the 60 activities I undertook below in case it’s of interest: