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Stay the course

August 4, 2018

Instead of looking at the Verse of the Day, as we so often do, today we are going to examine the Phrase of the Day for August 4, 2018:

“Stay the course.”

The short three-word imperative sentence means “to keep going strongly to the end of a race or contest.” The expression is often used in an athletic context. Two recent blog posts spoke of the end of a race or an athletic event with specific references to the “finish line” while another entry indicated our desire as believers, not just to finish but to have a “strong finish” as we complete the work God has sent us to do.

Used by presidents and pundits, “Stay the course” has also been used in the context of a war or battle, meaning to pursue a goal regardless of any obstacles or criticism. According to the Cambridge Dictionary, the expression means “to continue doing something until it is finished or until you achieve something you have planned to do.” The phrase means to continue in some effort or course of action to its end, in spite of difficulties or obstacles. A synonym would be to persevere, to “keep on keeping on.” A person keeps trying to accomplish a task and simply does not give up.

These lyrics to a Children’s Ministry Song offer words of encouragement to God’s Children at any age:

Never give up
Keep your chin up
Never give up
But realize
You’ve got to go through
To get to the prize.

So never give up
Keep your chin up
In the end perseverance always pays.
In the end perseverance always pays.

In a similar way, this poem also exhorts believers to

Stay the Course

Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence

to make your calling and election sure:

for if you do these things, you shall never fall:

2 Peter 1:10

 

We barely begin to extol your wondrous ways.
We barely begin to extol your wondrous ways,
Though we born to give you praise all of our days.

We woke up this morning with our mind stayed on you.
We woke up this morning with our mind stayed on you.
For we know you’ll show us what we need to do.

We don’t want to be ignorant but walk as the wise.
We don’t want to be ignorant but walk as the wise.
Now we clearly see since you opened our blinded eyes.

You tell us to stay the course: To watch, fight and pray.
You tell me to stay the course: To watch, fight and pray.
We will trust you, Lord, no matter what others say.

Despite the trials of this life, we will endure.
With zeal we make our calling and election sure.

As we stay the course we will finish the word we have been sent to do with a “strong finish,” so says Jonathan Nelson: