Sunday, January 8, 2012
The Perseverance of Gabrielle Giffords
One year ago today, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head. The gunman wounded eighteen others as well, and six people died, including a 9-year-old girl.
That Giffords survived at all is a miracle. That in the past year, she learned to walk and talk, showed up for a vote in Congress, and allowed herself to be interviewed on television by ABC’s Diane Sawyer is even more amazing.
Granted, she’s been surrounded by an encouraging husband, a supportive staff, and some of the best medical professionals available. However, none of that would have helped if she had simply turned her face to the wall and given up. And that would have been so easy to do. So much easier than what it took to get where she is: a determined effort day after day. In other words, perseverance.
Paul wrote to be instant in season and out of season (II Tim. 4:2). That’s kind of an odd phrase, but I take it to mean we are to keep going and doing what we need to do daily—whether it’s convenient or not, whether it’s easy or not, whether we feel like it or not.
That’s just what Gabrielle Giffords has done and continues to do. What a great example of perseverance!