Endurance and perseverance

Key Difference – Endurance vs Perseverance
 

Although the words endurance and perseverance are similar, there is, in fact, a key difference between the two words. Endurance is experiencing or surviving the pain. Perseverance, however, is not merely experiencing pain or hardships in life but also going against these hardships in order to strive for excellence. In this sense, endurance is similar to a still movement of the individual, but perseverance is not. It is full of action. This article attempts to clarify the difference between endurance and perseverance  in detail.

What is Endurance?

Let us begin with the word endurance. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, endurance is experiencing or surviving pain or hardship. This is a form of tolerance. When we look at our lives, there have been instances where we had to endure pain. This could be for many reasons. For instance at the death of someone we love, we endure the pain and heartbreak that it brings about. Also in the case of unfair treatment or vicious conduct of others, we have to endure.

Endurance can be considered as a quality that makes the individual accept the situation and tolerate it. This usually does not include fighting against the situation, but accepting. For example, imagine a group of people who are treated bitterly by others and are often exploited. This group accepts their condition and is resigned to their position. Hence, they merely endure all the hardships of life.

Here are some examples of the word in sentences. Notice how it can be used as a verb with ‘endure’ and as a noun with ‘endurance.’

She endured all the hardships without complaint.

How can you endure such treatment?

Everyone was marveled by his endurance.

Their endurance was all they had in life.

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What is Perseverance?

Now let us have a closer look at the word perseverance. Perseverance refers to continuing in spite of difficulty and lack of success. This gives the idea that although a person encounters failure in life; he does not give up, but tries hard to achieve his goals. Perseverance is a quality that can be extremely valuable to all of us if we cultivate it. It trains the individual not only to endure but also to continue their journey without giving up. The key difference between endurance and perseverance is that while endurance suggests mere tolerance of hardships in life, perseverance suggests going against these very hardships to succeed.

Here are some examples of how the word can be used in conversation.

It was solely his perseverance that brought him here.

Her perseverance led the way to her success.

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What is the difference between Endurance and Perseverance?

Definitions of Endurance and Perseverance:

Endurance: Endurance is experiencing or surviving pain or hardship.

Perseverance: Perseverance refers to continuing in spite of difficulty and lack of success.

Characteristics of Endurance and Perseverance:

Situation:

Endurance: The individual accepts the situation and makes an attempt to tolerate the pain or hardships.

Perseverance: The individual accepts the situation, but does not give up on his belief to succeed.

Nature:

Endurance: Endurance indicates a certain stillness.

Perseverance: Perseverance indicates motion.

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Are you feeling frustrated? You feel like giving up, you are lacking endurance? Are you slowly going into depression because you have not gotten that job, life partner, promotion, admission or contract?

You may be feeling tired and exhausted from trying so hard and still not getting positive feedbacks. You are on the verge of giving up, you no longer have the strength to persevere?

I want to let you know that you are not alone. You see, God doesn’t allow us to go through situations that we cannot handle. So even when it seems like all roads are blocked, even when we feel that we are at a tail’s end, God is aware. He has the perfect plan!

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

James 1:2-3 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.

So don’t be tired! Just believe in Him and exercise a little faith (faith of a mustard seed). Most importantly, go down on your knees and ask Him for the strength to endure, the grace to see past your struggles and to stay strong always in His presence.

Now say these words from your heart with faith and let your mind be a rest.

Praying for Endurance

Lord Jesus, you have always been faithful to me. Even when I go astray, you always pull me back. A lot of times I ask myself why you love me so much. I understand now that a good father never leaves the child whether good or bad.

Heavenly Father, you have said in your word that we need not be afraid to go through hard times. Instead we should be thankful for the gift of endurance.

Struggling with doubt

Oh lord, I must admit that in these times of struggle, I have doubted you. I have questioned the love you have for me.

Lord Jesus, I feel weak. I feel exhausted. I feel like I can’t go on anymore.

Please give me the grace to withstand all the hurdles and struggles I am facing.

Bless me with strength

Bless me with the strength to keep going on. Bless me with the kind of strength Job had when he did not curse you despite all that he faced.

I have faith in you lord and I believe you when you said you would never leave nor forsake us.

Thank you lord, for I know you have heard me. Thank you for I know now that I can handle anything, with you by my side. In Jesus mighty name I pray, Amen.

Colossians 1:11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience,

Romans 15:5 May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had,

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In the vast world of sports, there’s a common trend where people are motivated by the challenge and thrill of achievement. For many, this comes in the form of testing the limits to make it to the top. But for a very select few, testing the limits simply isn’t enough. Every once in a while, we see someone accomplish something completely unfathomable. Not only do they break the mold, they completely redefine what is humanly possible.

Here are nine incredibly epic human feats of strength, endurance and perseverance. These extraordinary (and by some measures insane) athletes pushed way past the limits and absolutely shattered records in doing so. Whether it be running or swimming the farthest, jumping the highest, diving the deepest, or playing the longest, these athletes all share one thing in common; they have proven that through dedication, mental toughness and the refusal to take “no” for an answer, humans can achieve nearly anything.

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