2 Timothy 4:7 (ESV) I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
Revelation 2:3 (NIV) You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary.
It is not up to you to complete the work, nor are you at liberty to give it up.
—From the Pirke Avoth. Christianity Today, Vol. 43, no. 7.
Today's Best Illustrations – Volume 5, (Carol Stream, IL: Christianity Today, 1997), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: "PERSEVERANCE".