Devotions - Graham Perolls (12/02/20) Graham led the devotions this week and spoke to us about perseverance, a quality that he felt was one of the most important we could have in life. Nothing worth doing is usually that easy! It isn’t necessarily about what you achieve, but how you overcome the obstacles that are put in your way. One person Graham finds particularly inspirational is Nick Vujicic. He was born to Serbian parents, although now lives in the USA. Life was particularly difficult for Nick, and he speaks of times when, as a younger person, he wanted to give up- he saw no future, and nobody would want to love him. He came to faith at a young age, and is now a world-renowned motivational speaker. There are hundreds of inspirational videos of Nick on the internet. None of us are likely to experience this kind of circumstance, but many of us at times may feel like we want to give up. There have been times in the life of Hospices where we have felt we don’t want to carry on, but the inner voice tells us to keep going and not give up. James 1: 2-4 tells us Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything If we take on challenges and come out the other side we can help others. This may be easy to say, but looking back at difficult times we can often see they were times of growth. Graham is always amazed at the strength and perseverance of our patients, especially when they know they haven’t got long left. He recalls Zoltan who, prior to becoming ill, was a champion skier. When he was struck down with his illness he told Graham that he was not afraid of dying and was going to make the most of his time supporting family and friends. This inspires Graham at difficult times in the journey. Hopefully these kinds of stories will inspire us.