Okay so some days are better than others, but no matter what we face each day perseverance is required if we are to win the race and overcome life’s challenges. However, I recently became "painfully" aware that there is a significant difference between persevering and enduring. The difference is "pain". As challenging as perseverance is, it is more about commitment and less about withstanding pain. Endurance on the other hand is all about persevering in the face of pain, sometimes excruciating pain. As much as I prefer persevering over endurance I am thankful to know the difference and have a much greater appreciation for those who endure pain daily and refuse to let it get the best of them.
"8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. 11 For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body."
2 Corinthians 4:8-11