With ordinary talents and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable (Sir Thomas Fowell Buston, 18th-19th century British social reformer).

Most of us, after all, are just “ordinary” people. And most of the time, we probably have only ordinary work to do and few opportunities for change. But Buston offers us a winning equation: talent + perseverance = success. Not just an ordinary stick-with-it mindset, but an unusual, rare determination. We may not be greatly talented, but we all can give our best for the long haul.

So let it [faith] grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing (James 1:4).