Last summer, my husband and I put on a new roof. We began in May and finished around this time. It was a long, hot summer. Most days, we worked well together. He’d cut the pieces and lay them out while I lined them up and nailed them down. On the other days, I’d set the nail gun down and go inside.

It was an uneventful summer, but it was a productive one. Even the kids joined in—until it was no longer fun and we had to offer money. Our son collected four thousand rusty nails for one penny each, and as a bonus, he didn’t break any bones. As I look back, I am proud of all our hard work.

Some seasons require more hard work than others. They also require persistence and a drive to keep on going, especially when a season turns into a way of life. It can be difficult to see beyond what’s in front of you, much like piles of unopened roofing, but to get to where you want to be, you have to keep working.

If you are in the midst of a difficult season, don’t give up! Don’t let those other days get you down. If you need to set the nail gun down and go inside, that’s okay.

Just remember that the opportunity to give up is always welcoming. But working on something and seeing it to completion, is rewarding.