Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. - JAMES 1:12

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If you follow college football, you’ve heard a lot in the last couple of years about the transfer portal. Although it has a science fiction ring to it, the transfer portal is merely a database that has the names of student athletes who want to transfer to the greener grass of another school’s program. It’s a player’s escape plan when things are not going as he thinks they should. A criticism of the portal is that athletes are not learning the importance of perseverance – staying power in spite of difficulty, resistance or opposition.

How many times, when the going gets difficult for us, do we also look around for a “transfer portal” – a quick fix to help us escape life’s circumstances? The biblical answer is to persevere! Be steadfast! If we practice staying power, the Lord has a crown waiting for us!

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