research, perseverance, spiritual, personality, genes, nature and nurture
Perseverance constitutes a quality that motivates humankind to press onward usually in the face of significant adversity and resistance. Perseverance is also important in the Christian life. The apostle Paul, using athletic training metaphors, frequently urges his readers to persevere in the faith, even describing his own life as a fight and a race (2 Tim.4:7). Yet, certain groups of people seem to possess a greater measure of perseverance than others have. We are therefore led to ask, “Can our ability to persevere be, in God’s providence, at least partly genetically influenced?”
Jelsma, Tony N.; Johnston, Arielle; and Vermeer, Bruce, "Perseverance: Psychospiritual and Genetic Perspectives" (2016). Faculty Work: Comprehensive List. 558.