There’s a saying that goes “When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” One of the greatest virtues is perseverance

Perseverance is defined as “steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.” A lot of time we set a goal or identify some achievement we want. We get off to a great start; maybe even overcome a few obstacles. But if we don’t accomplish this goal in a certain timeframe some of us get frustrated and give up.

A great example in the Bible is the story of Hannah. Hannah was one of two women married to a man named Elkanah. Elkanah’s wife Peninnah had children but Hannah had none. And Peninnah wasn’t gracious about it. According to the Bible:

“But her rival wife [Peninnah] taunted her [Hannah] cruelly, rubbing it in and never letting her forget that God had not given her children. This went on year after year. Every time she went to the sanctuary of God she could expect to be taunted. Hannah was reduced to tears and had no appetite.” (1 Samuel 1:6 – 7).

Here is a woman who was so depressed she couldn’t eat. Year after year she was taunted. Year after year she prayed.

If any goal is worth having it requires perseverance, steadfastness. Don’t become discouraged because you aren’t where you think you should be. Don’t let the madness and negative energy from the people around you blur your vision. Keep your eye on your goal, stay focused, tie your know and hold on.