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Persistence

Persistence prevails!  No matter the task, challenge, or opportunity, the one that has the greatest desire to stay focused and firmly committed to doing whatever is necessary to succeed will do so.  Maybe that is why Americans are so fascinated by sports.  We love the person or team that just keeps up the attack to press to victory.  Players often compete even though they are sick or in great pain.  Teams that have been ruled huge underdogs by the sports prognosticators determine to play with reckless abandon and persistence until the “higher ranked team” folds in defeat.

Persistence builds families, teams, communities, businesses, reputations, character, and provides great enjoyment once the gain has been achieved.  I love to find inspiration in the lives of those that have learned the priceless rewards of living with a persistency that achieves great things.  Here are a few of the many quotes from well know men that understand persistence.

Success is almost totally dependent upon drive and persistence. The extra energy required to make another effort or try another approach is the secret of winning.  Denis Waitley.

Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.  Napoleon Hill.

Ambition is the path to success, persistence is the vehicle you arrive in.  William Eardley IV. 

The art of love is largely the art of persistence.  Albert Ellis.

In 1975, my aunt Marsha McCarthy divorced Ralph McCarthy. Marsha left Southern California and followed her parents to Joplin, Missouri. 

She was employed as the Secretary at College Heights Christian Church and raised three children on her own. The stress was overwhelming at times. Marsha was in and out of the hospital regularly for stress related problems. But Ralph kept calling. Marsha wasn’t interested.
Well, he continued to call…for twenty-nine years. In the summer of 1999, Ralph flew out to see Marsha…face to face to close the deal. Would you believe, that when Ralph proposed to Marsha, she said “yes”? 

October 9, 1999 Ralph and Marsha Lynn McCarthy were remarried. Ralph just kept calling.
Ralph just retired from his law practice in Carmel, CA. He built a retirement home in Palm Springs with a guest house and pool. The guest house is larger that Marsha’s home on North Jackson in Joplin. Ralph just kept calling. 

Jesus said, “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” (Rev. 3:20)  Can you hear him calling?  (copied).