- Have you ever worked really hard to succeed at something? (Students may talk about earning money to make a big purchase, training for an athletic achievement or studying for a test or presentation.)
Working hard at something and sticking with it is called persistence.
- What benefits did you experience from being persistent? (Answers will vary.)
Listen to this definition of persistence. Persistence is “continuing to act or exist longer than usual.” A persistent person ignores obstacles and doesn’t give up. A persistent person keeps trying, keeps asking, and keeps showing up.
- Have you ever met a persistent person? What stood out about him or her? (Students may talk about how this person was inspiring, annoying, got things done, etc.)
Being persistent is a choice! Let’s hear from a student who learned the value of persistence in his own life:
At the very last football game of Rudy’s time at Notre Dame, the coach put him in the game as a defensive end. The 1993 movie, Rudy, shows what happened next.
Share the following video [6:48]:
The Mindset of a Champion | Carson Byblow | TEDxYouth@AASSofia
- What did you learn from this video about the importance of having persistence and a growth mindset? (Accept all reasonable responses.)
- How might having a fixed mindset make it challenging to persist or persevere? (Accept all reasonable responses.)
- Do you tend to have a fixed mindset or a growth mindset? (Accept all reasonable responses.)
Being persistent can bring about a lot of positive things in our lives. When we stay focused on the goal and continue to show up, we can accomplish great things. Jesus taught His disciples about being persistent in prayer, too. He told them to keep asking God for what they needed. Let’s look at what the Bible says about being persistent in prayer and the difference it can make.