A city man spent his vacation on a cattle ranch and learned some interesting lessons. He rode with the cowboys on a roundup. There was one wild steer that didn’t want to be driven to the corral. He wouldn’t drive. Neither would he be pulled. When roped, he would lie down and twist and roll. He was the wildest, meanest thing that ever walked on four hoofs. He charged everyone who came near. This steer meant he was not going to be tamed. But the old cowboys knew better. They knew what to do. They tied that unbroken beast close to a little Mexican burro. When they turned them loose, that big angry steer threw the pint-sized burro ten different ways. And he kept doing it. But every time that burro got up, he got up one step closer home. He wanted to go home.

About ten days later the steer and burro arrived at the corral. And the steer was the tamest thing anyone had seen. Persistence and steadfastness had won.

As we live our lives there will be many ups and downs. The grit to continue when the going gets tough is a very important quality. Jesus looked the Apostles in the face and spoke these words, “And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved” (Matthew 10:22). Please notice His simple words, “endureth to the end.” Yes, Persistence is the key. It paid off for that little burro and it will pay off for you and me. Maybe we should ask, how bad do we want to go home?

Ken Tyler



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