PASSAGES

Episode 1

Sedona

David Todd, John, and Makenzie set out to discover this oasis of greenery and red rock in the midst of the Arizona desert. Persevering through the unique rocky landscape by horse, jeep, and foot in order to reach mountaintops that reveal the incredible scenery Sedona has to offer, making the grueling journey well worth it.

PERSEVERANCE found in SEDONA

REFLECTION

In this episode, the PASSAGES Crew experienced firsthand the value of perseverance. Whether wearing backpacks or on horseback, they met each challenge, stepped out of their comfort zones, and never quit. As a result, the crew discovered the growth perseverance can bring.

TOPIC: Perseverance

Perseverance is a never give up attitude, a commitment to move forward when everything is conspiring to hold you back. Perseverance turns ordeals into opportunities. It gives us the opportunity to finish what we begin, to outlast pain and sorrow, to strive until we accomplish things that are difficult, and to demonstrate God’s grace in all seasons of life. Those who learn to persevere are forces to be reckoned with. In a world where most people give up, those who keep going will accomplish more than they know.

GO DEEPER:

Read and reflect on 2 Peter 1:5-6, James 1:12

MAKING IT REAL

Write the word “QUIT” in big letters on a blank piece of paper. Underneath it, list the trials in your life you are tempted to quit. Now, add the words “I WILL NOT” over the word “QUIT”
and ask God to give you His strength to persevere. Keep this paper nearby as a reminder. When you feel like quitting, here are some other action steps. Which of these can you start today?

Put your problems into perspective: learn to look at them from God’s perspective.

Just tackle today: God’s plan is for you to follow Him day by day, one step at a time.

Surround yourself with encouragers: Find people to cheer and pray for you along the way.

Know when to take a break: Stop, look around you, reorganize, and regroup to continue the battle.

Cultivate positivity along the way: Don’t be defined by the grimness of your struggles but by the reality of Christ in you.

Refuse to Quit: When you feel your resolve weaken and you don’t know if you can persevere, take a moment to rest in the awareness of God’s never-ending commitment to you. He wants us to finish the race. Then begin again, with the hope and fact of eternal joy carrying you forward.

 

This study content was adapted from chapter 6 of Dr. David Jeremiah’s book Everything You Need.