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HomeWord - Feb. 9, 2009


Keep On Going
Author: Jim Burns

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace wiith God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.
Romans 5:1-5
No doubt Anne Mansfield Sullivan had a whole group of friends telling her that the blind, seven year-old brat she was teaching wasn't worth it. Anne persisted. Anne remained faithful to what she thought was her call from God. She remained firm despite putting up with daily temper tantrums, mealtime madness, and even thankless parents.

In her heart she knew it would be worth the pain and definite inconvenience. And was it ever! Within two years her young student was able to read and write in Braille. Eventually she ended up graduating cum laude from Radcliffe College where Anne had helped this student with every lecture.

Who was this incorrigible pupil? Who was this sassy, bratty kid who made Anne Sullivan's life miserable at first? It was Helen Keller. Anne Sullivan's investment in the life of Helen Keller was the single most important force. Thus Helen Keller devoted her entire life to aiding thousands of deaf and blind people lead a more productive life.

Did Anne Sullivan's persistence pay off? Was it worth the energy and effort? Were the results beneficial? You'd better believe it. What is God calling you to be persistent about?


  1. According to today's Scripture, what is the result of perseverance? 
  2. What is God calling you to be persistent about? 

Happy are those who trust the LORD, who do not turn to idols or join those who worship false gods. You have done many things for us, O LORD our God; there is no one like you! You have made many wonderful plans for us. I could never speak of them— all their number is so great! You do not want sacrifices and offerings; you do not ask for animals burned whole on the altar or for sacrifices to take away sins. Instead, you have given me ears to hear you, and so I answered, "Here I am; your instructions for me are in the book of the Law. How I love to do your will, my God! I keep your teaching in my heart." Psalm 40.4-8

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