Weekend Thought by Robert Fish

THE London Olympics will be memorable for all sorts of reasons.

For the competitors, it will have been the pinnacle of their career. Years and years of training will have prepared them. Sacrifices were made; there will have been disappointments along the way. They may sometimes have felt like giving up.

But it’s because they persevered that they earned the chance to represent their country at the greatest sporting event in the world.

I’ve always been struck by the legend of how Robert the Bruce was inspired by a spider trying to make a web.

Time and time again the spider would fall and then climb slowly back up to try again. And we’re told that this was the origin of that famous saying, “If at first you don’t succeed – try, try again.”

Perseverance seems to be a rather old-fashioned word these days. All too often we give up rather easily when things don’t go the way we want them to.

The Bible tells us that perseverance is good for us, that it builds character and hope; that perseverance is necessary if we are to be mature and complete.

Perseverance is one of those words with many layers of meaning. Some versions of the Bible translate it as patience, but it also means persistence.

Life is a struggle for most of us. We often wish it wasn’t but it’s how we respond when things are difficult that forms our character.

Perseverance is more than being successful or being a winner; it really does define what kind of person we are.

Like Olympic competitors, we can’t all be winners but we can at least know that we did our best. So, don’t give up.