Focus on the Family


Adhering to a course of action, a belief, or a purpose, especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. — Confucius

When we persevere, we:

There is a poem on the Web site titled "The Race." This poem exemplifies perseverance. The last few lines of the poem read:

For all of life is like a race, with ups and downs and all.
And all you have to do to win is rise each time you fall.
"Quit!" "Give up, you're beaten!" They still shout in my face.
But another voice within me says,"GET UP AND WIN THE RACE!"

Spend some time with your child explaining the importance of "staying the course" and doing the best you can. And, read "The Race" together. You will be glad you did.

To Do

  1. Go over the Perseverance (pdf) poster together and put it on the refrigerator.
  2. Read the story, Look Who Persevered!, with your child and discuss the questions at the end.
  3. Do the activity (to reinforce the perseverance character trait.