Your own resolution (persistence) to succeed is more important than any other one thing. (Abraham Lincoln, 16th president of the United States)
Consider the journey of the gangly farm boy from Kentucky to the White House, and you must be impressed by his perseverance. His father thought he wouldn’t amount to anything. He lost numerous state and national elections. His own Cabinet members felt he was inadequate. Yet, he is renowned today for the great achievements of his presidency.
Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life. (James 1:12).