Choosing endurance over mere survival

Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. I Cor 13:7

Survival and endurance are not the same. When we see no realistic expectation of change or success, it seems reasonable to go into survival mode and focus on damage control, managing the circumstances and the emotional fallout connected with them, rather than submitting ourselves to the possible disappointments of full on hope. But Christ, beyond all reason and without reservation, chose the seeming hopelessness of death to redeem humans so that even if when we give up, lose faith, expect failure, and accept defeat, His victory applies to our circumstances. His love for us equips our hearts to choose the seeming uncertainty of hope so that we endure rather than merely survive.

Lord, help me to discard my stingy, reasoned love for Your hopeful, enduring love.