Two years ago I joined millions in discovering a new communication process called blogging.
Like most things in life, new innovations bring out opportunists who can be cruel. One of the first reactions I had was from friends who said that nothing good can come of this process because people were using it to destroy others. It is true that there are malicious people, but I have also found new insights into the human character of good people.
I often read Seth Godin, a respected blogger. He writes short blogs. Recently he wrote on the forces of mediocrity and said, "There's a myth that all you need to do is outline your vision and prove it's right - then, quite suddenly, people will line up and support you.
"In fact, the opposite is true. Remarkable visions and genuine insight are always met with resistance. And when you start to make progress, your efforts are met with even more resistance. Products, services, career paths ... whatever it is, the forces for mediocrity will align to stop you, forgiving no errors and never backing down until it's over.
"If it were any other way, it would be easy. And if it were any other way, everyone would do it and your work would ultimately be devalued. The yin and yang are clear: without people pushing against your quest to do something worth talking about, it's unlikely it would be worth the journey. Persist."
The last word in his blog - "persist" - caught my attention!
It reminded me of the Apostle Paul's words found in Philippians 3:12: " ... but I press on ... ." As Christians we are encouraged to press on and continue to insist that the only answer to any problem in life can be found in a personal relationship with Christ.
Pressing on is not easy, but at the end of the day, when changes are brought about in the lives of people, it is quite rewarding to know that we did not quit without crossing the finish line.
My prayer for California Southern Baptist pastors, church staff members and laypersons is to continue the race ... to press on ... and to finish well. That is God's calling on the lives of each of His followers.
Let us remember that the word for today and every day is "persist."