The New Testament usage of the word suggests that patience is a quality given to the believer by God to stay the course and remain steadfast despite the many challenges of life.
With people unable to see their spouses, children or grandchildren in isolation, the COVID crisis is proving to be a test of endurance—just like the Christian journey.
Competing in ironman events requires a mix of training, determination, endurance . . . and a little bit of crazy. Just like Christian faith maybe?