PERSEVE'RANCE, n. [L. perseverantia. See Persevere.] 1. Persistence in any thing undertaken; continued pursuit or prosecution of any business or enterprise begun; applied alike to good or evil. Perseverance keeps honor bright. Patience and perseverance overcome the greatest difficulties. 2. In theology, continuance in a state of grace to a state of glory; sometimes called final perseverance.
3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope.
If in time of trial a man does not patiently endure his affliction, but cuts himself off from the love of his spiritual brethren, he does not yet possess perfect love or a deep knowledge of divine providence. St. Maximos the Confessor (Fourth Century on Love no. 16)
CONTINUOUS EFFORT IS THE KEY TO UNLOCKING OUR POTENTIAL