Since Christmas, I have been having a lot of fun editing one of our Heritage Project episodes. The episode I am editing is on the life of Augustine of Hippo. Augustine grew up in a divided home with a mother who was a Christian and a father who was not. Augustine grew up knowing the truth, but it wasn’t until he was in his early thirties that he accepted Christ. When we filmed this episode last year, I knew that I wanted to edit it more than anything. The life of Augustine resonated with me, and I was excited to share it with other people.
As excited as I was, the process of editing takes time. You have to edit with patience and perseverance. Perseverance is a word that has come up a lot in my own life lately. The things we are called to do are not always easy or quick. They take a lot of work and thought to complete. Sometimes the situations we are put in are not ideal. The surroundings in our environment can make our work more difficult. These can be either spiritual or personal.
In Augustine’s life, his mother and son passed away within three years of each other leaving Augustine alone. It would have been easy to give up then. Augustine was devastated with these personal losses. However, his work was more important. He persevered and served God for the rest of his life. The impact that his life had on the people he spoke to and wrote books for is still seen today. It is even yet to be seen in the people who will watch this episode of his life.
“So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. “ Hebrews 10:35-36