Perseverance, Part 5

By |2014-08-18T22:35:03+00:00August 22nd, 2004|Perseverance|

The physical manifestation of perseverance: waiting. I suck at waiting. It'd be easier if it were less like the lottery, and more like eating at Denny's. Here's what I mean: At Denny's you order something like a "Grand Slam" breakfast or Bullalo Wings. The waitress asks the required, applicable, "Would you like white, wheat, rye, or sourdough bread with that?" And you tell her what you want. 20 minutes later she arrives with your food and you take it and eat it. If it isn't what you ordered then you tell your kind (hopefully) waitress and ask for the correction to take place. And there you have it. The lottery, on the other hand, is different. [...]

Perseverance, Part 4

By |2014-08-18T22:35:03+00:00August 17th, 2004|Perseverance|

It goes without saying that I definitely want more perseverance. I want to rise above, I want to conquer, I want to run when others are hyper-ventilating, and walk when others are crawling. I want to push through when others give up, but I have to admit that I have a natural habit of falling instead of rising, surrendering instead of conquering, puking from the long run, and crossing finishing lines on all fours. I, my friends, am weak. I'm encouraged today, however. It's not about me. I try and try, but it's hard to pull yourself up by your own bootstraps when your fingers are broken. Every single thing that takes perseverance are usually the [...]

Perseverance, Part 3

By |2014-08-18T22:35:03+00:00August 14th, 2004|Perseverance|

Tick. Tock. I sit in a youth center on the Fort Apache Reservation before opening for the school year. The hum of the ice machine sighs as the clock on the wall sings its own lullaby. The silence croons each inanimate object as I sit here and type. A bulletin board across from me catches my eye. With track schedules, autographed stuff from bands, and a couple of papers hanging, the jumble is relaxed but something has not just caught my eye, but my heart as well. Tick. Tock. I'm caught by a missing person poster. Maybe I'm caught by it because I've seen the teen before. This page is a police department release. The poster [...]

Perseverance, Part 2

By |2014-08-18T22:35:03+00:00August 11th, 2004|Perseverance|

Since the metaphorical can of worms has been opened, let's go fishing. Perseverence. Before we wade into deep waters, let's talk about an aspect of perseverance that I feel is absolutely crucial to our staying afloat. This buoy is called "hope." For me hope seems to be synonymous with trust. I trust God. (I'm not saying this as prideful arrogance, it's just the way it is) I have some friends who don't trust God. (Which is not judgemental in any way...it's just where they're at personally, and they'd probably be the first to admit it) Something escruciating has happened in their lives and they think that God's pissed at them. Even though in a few of [...]