The whole concept of perseverance is one that has been on my mind lately. What does the Bible mean when it says, "He who perseveres to the end shall be saved?" How specifically should we live out the command not to be weary in well-doing?
How do we teach our children to persevere?
How do we teach ourselves to persevere?
Is it always wrong to give up on something, to stop doing something, to quit? Is it wrong to admit, "You know, this just wasn't a good idea" or "This is no longer a good use of my time"? Once music lessons have started, are we to force our children to continue on for the rest of their lives, lest we raise them to be quitters?
The flip side of that: aren't we really, in our culture, raising our children to flit from one activity to another, to try this and that, to multi-task without doing any task well, to quit whenever anything gets boring or difficult?
What about endurance? What about keeping on keeping on? You don't hear so much about that these days. Instead, people talk about "burnout", about fresh starts, about following interests, about avoiding boredom.
Maybe perserance is just way too old-fashioned for our world.