Do you remember the first time you ever tied your shoelaces by yourself? I do! It was a thrill to know that I had finally conquered those wormy little pieces of lace and managed to direct them into the functioning form of two ears held together by a wrap. Last night I bought my son new tennis shoes, and this time instead of them merely being pull-on or having Velcro fasteners, they came with those ominous laces. His great desire to wear those fancy new black and red shoes is what gave him the enthusiasm to finally conquer the task of learning how to tie his shoelaces—you see, in his kindergarten he can’t wear laced shoes if he can’t tie them himself. Over and over he practiced last night and then morning came the big test. Off he went to school with those new shoes firmly tied on, strutting as if he were the best dressed man heading to a black tie formal.

In very much the same way, God has placed in front of us rewards that are so great we can’t even imagine them. Like my little one, we too need to persevere at the tasks God asks of us—and when we do—victory is assured!

Hebrews 10:36
You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.