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I am a positive person – one who used to jump out of bed in the morning as a child and have a “sunny” disposition most of the time – just ask my mother.  And although I do NOT jump out of bed in the morning now – I’m still the same positive person – for the most part.

I usually see the best in people – not the worst.  This can be a problem.  How – you say?  Well if I only see the good in people – and ignore or avoid the dark side of behavior or tendencies – then it always seems to surprise and sneak up on me when things go sideways.  And not in a good way.

However – because of my ability to “see only the best” I have been able to go places that few ever dare to.  Jumping in and charging full force into something I have NO CLUE about – or what dangers may lie waiting for me there.

I like to think of this as sheer optimism – but others call it reckless abandon and naivety.   And I have paid a very high emotional cost for going there with some.  A price that I still pay today.

How does one truly love and see the good – without holding back and analyzing people first?  Deciding whether or not they are worth my time – or anyone’s time?  I’ve never been very good at holding back.

I’ve also never been one to give up easily.

I am VERY persistent in the things that other deem “impossible”.

You say I CAN’T do that?  I say – Yes I can!

That situation is impossible, you say?  No it is NOT!  Thank you very much.

You say that I will never be able to learn that new task?  I will learn it or die trying.

If there is an unresolved relationship, daunting and scary to revisit and investigate  – You say – “that person will never revisit – ever begin the scary process of starting again  – where there has been silence – suddenly start talking again”.  I say, “ARE YOU KIDDING ME?”  I will never stop believing – never stop praying – never stop hoping.  My motto is:  “Hope spring eternal” – and that is how I will always see it.  Period.

And if we are Christians and really live like we believe – then SHAME ON THOSE who tell me there is no hope in a situation.  No possibility for reconciliation from a estranged brother or sister – no glimmer of things to be put to right again.  I believe the impossible – because I really live what I believe.  I cannot be responsible for how others respond to pain, loss and hurt – but I can be ready to receive them back – when they finally are ready to come back.  I am ready to give up the fight – and to welcome back what was lost to me.

And I’m just dumb enough to believe that once someone imprints on your heart – they are never really lost to you – and that someday they will come back.  And that love is the greatest motivator we have.  A friendship that had depth and meaning – will always find a way to make amends.  Even when dumb things are said and done.  Even then.

How persistent are you in your faith?  In a relationship gone bad?  In something new that takes patience and resolve?  Don’t wait to resolve it – the other person at the end of your dark journey may just be waiting for you there.

I am praying for you today.

God Bless

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Comments on: "How Persistent Are You?" (8)

  1. I agree with you, Cindy. We may not be able to be a big part of someone’s life (for a variety of reasons), but we don’t need to give up hope and believing for them. I have seen Him do the impossible so many times and our persistence is certainly rewarded. Thanks for the encouragement!

    • Yes! Thanks Jason – I’m not alone in “lost causes”. I feel that way sometimes. There’s a friend of mine that I would LOVE to have him let the past be the past and just move on – but I’m not being realistic, I’m told. Hey – once a good friend – always a good friend – that’s just my opinion.

  2. I love it.

  3. I’m stubborn, that’s for sure. And giving up is not an option for me. . . usually. I have been known to give up a few times, but very few. I used to pour all of myself into everyone I met. I don’t do that anymore. I can’t. I try to see the hope in everything, as you do, Cindy, but at times it eludes me. I used to be Miss Sunshine, as you are, but not anymore. I guess I’ve seen the dark side of life too often. Part of me is thankful for this and part of me regrets it very much. I do keep hope alive, though. Maybe someday. . .

    • I too have seen a lot in our journey – in and out of ministry with people. I still remain optimistic even though – it can be hard at times. I still have hope and try to keep that alive as much as possible – though I cannot control anyone but myself. The dark side is not fun – and I have only visited there on occasion – do NOT intend to live there, ever. I would love to turn it around, though – I really would 🙂

  4. I’m fairly patient with people. I’ve had some relationships that have drained the life out of me. I rarely give up on someone but, sadly a few times, I think I should have.

    • I’m not so quick to give up – even when things look hopeless 😦 But I always keep hoping and believing that things CAN turn around somehow. I believe that when there was love and friendship between two people – that it never really ends. And if we expect to see Christian people we’ve had issues with here on earth – it’s better to deal with them here, don’t you think? As well as it is within my power to do so.

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