It is an interesting paradox.
To succeed (in anything in life) I must choose to persevere.
There is no accomplishment without determination - in other words, you and I will not achieve and fulfill God's purpose for our lives without determining to persevere.
Paul writes that we are to (in Philippians 2:12) to "continue to work out our salvation with fear and trembling."
Who is to work it out? We are!
Whenever you are tempted to quit before the final bell - whether it is finishing a job at work or completing a degree or riding out a rough season in your family or marriage - keep on going.
At the same time, know this: There is no burden too heavy for Christ to carry.
Paul goes on to write (in Philippians 2:13), "for it is God who work in you to will and to act according to his good purpose."
No matter how determined you and I are to succeed, life can be overwhelming.
So the paradox is this: Persevere - while at the same time give your burdens to God.
Work hard - while knowing that God will work in you to accomplish the task.
And know that in the end - God will make all things good - according to his good purpose.
Just a thought for a Tuesday.