Perseverance: A Radical New Way to do Life

I read an incredible story in the book LOVE DOES by Bob Goff and I am so excited to share with you.

Bob wanted to go law school. He took the LSAT with very little preparation and frankly there’s no better way to put it: he failed it miserably.

Still determined to go to law school he sent his application, LSAT scores and registration fees to the top law schools in the country.

Time passed and eventually over half of his applications came back in the mail with their registration fees… Pity can sometimes be a blessing 😉

However, Bob was determined. So he flew out with a one way ticket to a top law school in California two weeks before classes started and scheduled a meeting with the Dean.

The Dean courteously accepted the meeting though he denied Bob’s acceptance to join the school. Bob said, “sir, I am the hardest worker you will ever meet and all you have to do is tell me to go by my books.”

The door slowly shut in Bob’s face with a, “thank you for coming in Mr. Goff, have a nice day.”

Pause the story.

This is where most of us would give up. We would say, “well, the door closed so I guess this path isn’t God’s will for me.”

I want to challenge you to think differently.

Let’s press the play button on this story and have some fun.

For two weeks Bob sat outside the Dean’s office and every time he walked by Bob would say, “sir, all you have to do is go tell me to go buy my books.”

And every time the Dean passed by yielding no hope for Bob’s entry into the prestigious law school.

5 DAYS INTO CLASSES Bob still sat determined and asking the Dean for an opportunity.

On the 5th day…. The Dean walked by, paused and slowly turned.

He looked Bob right in the eye and said, “Mr. Goff… Go buy your books.”

It should be noted that 20 years later, Bob Goff is an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University.

I want to challenge you to think differently. Think about the following scripture: “Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you.”

In order for you to knock on a door, it has to be closed.

I believe we have settled for less than our destiny was designed for by allowing the statement that all things happen for a reason to be an excuse.

Not all the time, but sometimes we look at a situation (like a closed door) and say well, all things happen for a reason so I am not going to keep persisting. The closed door is my sign to move on.

Don’t get me wrong, I believe things happen for a reason but we can’t let that keep us from our destiny by not doing the following:

Here is where the rubber meets the road. When a door get’s slammed in your face, ENGAGE with God. Talk with Him.

Jesus said, my sheep hear my voice and they will not listen to the voice of another.

He will show you what to do. He will ENGAGE your spirit to either keep knocking on a door or to move in another direction.

But we cannot take adversity as a sign to just give up.

We were created for better.

The best is yet to come,

Ben Peterson