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How Do We Endure Through Trials?

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In conversation, we tend to use the words endurance and perseverance almost interchangeably. But in practice, there’s a notable nuance between enduring and persevering — one that can make a huge difference in how we approach life’s challenges. Christian psychologist Dr. Curt Thompson reveals a subtle yet very important distinction between endurance and perseverance in his latest book, The Deepest Place. He says, “Endurance tends to suggest durability or sustainability in the face of hardship and the resilience inherent in that process. Perseverance implies a somewhat more active posture in response to the hardship.” In short, “to persevere requires very hard work” (pgs. 103-104). Both endurance and perseverance are virtuous qualities, to be sure. In fact, as we’ll see below, both are found in Scripture (sometimes interchangeably, among different translations). But when thinking through the quote above, it seems fair to say that perseverance requires a different approach than endurance. Let’s explore what it might mean to endure and persevere within the different facets of our lives…(READ MORE) 

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