Meet Beatrice “Bebe” Vio. A fencer who won a gold medal with her special skills.
Bebe showed great promise at fencing during a young age. However, her life was change after she contracted a severe form of meningitis that cost her both hands and legs. Bebe overcame this obstacle and returned to fencing within a year. She began fencing from a wheelchair using a special prosthesis to hold her foil (the tool they use). She persevered and she won the gold medal at the most recent Paralympic Games.
For someone to persevere they have to determine and focus on what they want with a steady and continued action of belief that occurs over a long period of time. It took Bebe a year to get back into fencing, but during that time she was working towards her ultimate goal; fencing at a high level again.
We not only will have to endure trials of various kinds but we must continue to persevere. James 1:12 says “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.”
The one who perseveres knows that “the testing of their faith produces steadfastness.” Will you be ready to persevere for God?