Endurance is our ability to withstand adversity and hardship. We practice perseverance and patience when obstacles arise, open to the lessons they bring. We don’t give up or feel hopeless about ourselves. We hold on. Endurance hones our character and seasons our souls. Weathering the inevitable challenges in our relationships deepens trust and loyalty. It makes love abiding and strong. The early navigators who plotted their course with nothing but the stars became strong, confident sailors. When trouble comes, endurance gives us the strength to stay the course.


Endurance is not just the ability to endure a hard thing, but to turn it into glory.

— William Barclay

 The Practice of Endurance

  • I find the strength to live through adversity.
  • I seek the lessons in hardships.
  • I do not let troubles keep me down.
  • I accept the challenges love requires.
  • I have lasting relationships.
  • I gain confidence by not giving up.

Definitions and practices of virtue are used with permission from the Virtues Project™.

In Family Life

The virtue of endurance within a family is a testament to the strength and resilience of its members. It is demonstrated through unwavering support during challenging times, the ability to weather storms together, and a commitment to working through difficulties as a united front. Endurance in a family means standing by one another’s side when faced with adversity, offering a listening ear and a helping hand when needed.

It involves having the patience to navigate differences and conflicts with a shared determination to emerge stronger and more connected as a family. Ultimately, the virtue of endurance in a family is a beacon of hope and love that shines through even the darkest moments, reminding us all that we are never alone on this journey called life.

Balancing Endurance

To strike a harmonious balance with endurance, we can turn to two virtues: “perseverance” and “flexibility.”

  • Perseverance: This virtue encourages us to stay committed to our goals while remaining open to the lessons that challenges bring. It allows us to endure with purpose and determination without becoming stubborn.
  • Flexibility: Flexibility teaches us to be adaptable and open-minded when faced with obstacles. It ensures we can adjust our course when necessary without succumbing to impatience or frustration.

Maintaining balance is key in the journey of life. While endurance is a valuable virtue, knowing when to persevere and when to be flexible while remaining patient and flexible will allow us to navigate the storms of life with grace and resilience. Remember, our character is genuinely honed in this balance, and our souls are seasoned.