Perseverance is not resignation, putting up with things the way they are, staying in the same old rut year after year after year, or being a doormat for people their feet on. Endurance is not a desperate hanging on but a traveling from strength to strength. There is nothing fatigued or humdrum in Isaiah, nothing flatflooted in Jesus, not jejune in Paul. Perseverance is triumphant and alive.

–Eugene Peterson in A Long Obedience in the Same Direction: Discipleship in an Instant Society.