Perseverance—and healing

Not long ago I read a magazine article by a man who last year traveled every road and highway shown on the official state map of Texas. He had accepted a writing assignment and started his trek New Year's Day, 1987. Undaunted by the task and the long miles of asphalt that lay ahead of him, he managed to drive his well-stocked van all the way from New York to London and then on to Saturn, Mercury, and Mars! (All of which happen to be small towns in Texas.)

Finally after 103,000 miles of "chasing an endless horizon," staying in countless motels and eating in dozens of country cafes, his trip ended exactly one year later. And, as a caption in the magazine stated, with some irony, he "lived to tell it." Dick J. Reavis, "Miles and Miles of Texas," Texas Monthly, April 1988, p. 116 .

That's one kind of perseverance. The man had been assigned a job, he had a goal in front of him, and he stuck to it. He accomplished what he had set out to accomplish. And he was even glad to have done it!

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Spiritual translators
September 19, 1988

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