Perseverance is essential to faith: a column

Savaughn Williams, Contributing Writer

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I woke up thinking the day would be great, after all it was my last first day of school.

I went through it confident with only one small issue, “I’ve taken this class already, I need to drop it.”

This seemed to be an easy fix, but then it snowballed into me being nine credits short of graduating.

This news upset me immensely and caused me to stress tremendously.

I called my mom, and she told me not to worry because God would take care of everything.

I knew this, but I still over-stressed and felt defeated, like I would not come out on top in this situation.

I felt that nothing was going to work and the semester was doomed.

These feelings and thoughts of defeat swirl around our minds continually, but that does not mean that we give in.

It means that we should push back, and be persistent in our goals and God’s path for us.

With February being Black History Month, it reminds me that determination and faith are concepts that should be pondered daily not only in struggles, but throughout life.

Maya Angelou’s poem “Still I Rise” is inspirational in the persistent drive to push through no matter the situation.

She wrote, “Just like moons and like suns, With the certainty of tides, Just like hopes springing high, Still I’ll rise.”

This leads my thoughts to the consistency of God and His love; it helps me realize that no matter the situation God will be there to see me through it and help me “rise” up.

Looking from the past to the present during Black History Month helps us to see that no matter the circumstances within humanity God will help us “rise” up and this still hold true today.

So, if you feel as though nothing can help you get up, just realize that God is here to help you “rise” up.

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