We’ve all heard the stories about intrepid missionaries who faced rejection door after door only to be let in at the final house that they contacted. It might be that the triumph at the last door represents an example for reward for perserverance, a kind of prize bestowed by God on those who endure to the end. However, it also might be the case — and in my experience it frequently was — that the reason the missionaries were let in on the last door is because once they had gotten into one house they quit tracting and went home. Sometimes the story would be much better if we learned that the missionaries who tracted till dark and went home after being rejected at the last door. Sometimes we endure because of the glory that is set before us (to paraphrase Paul), but sometimes we just endure, which is not without its own dignity.