A Dubious Honor

I once received an “award” from the editor of HomeLife magazine! But it was probably recognition that no one else wanted. At a Lifeway writers workshop, I was acknowledged to have received more rejections for submissions to HomeLife than anyone else in the room. 

Perhaps my fellow writers wondered why I would confess to the number of rejections required for the award. But I felt differently. I knew those rejections represented necessary stepping stones to eventual acceptances. My perseverance in continuing to push past the sometimes painful “doesn’t meet our needs” comments later paved the way for positive results. I even received a cover story assignment from HomeLife editors who began to recognize my name and refusal to surrender without a publication victory.

Like my (I believe, God-given) tenacity in writing for publication, choosing to persevere in life can bring believers great reward. We are called to persevere in prayer, in walking with God through hard places, and in taking Jesus to the world. Sometimes we will need to be reminded to “persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised” (Hebrews 10:36 NIV). But when the answers come, the honor will not be “dubious.”


Lettie Kirkpatrick Burress is working on perseverance as a pray-er, caregiver, and Christ follower. Connect at lettiejk@gmail.com.




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