This is the second week of the online Bible Study “Made to Crave,” by Lysa Terkeurst. I chose to write my blog today on the word “determination”and what it means to me, especially on this journey to learn to crave God more than food or anything else.
When I am doing a word study, my first step is to look up the meaning on the online version of the Webster-Merriam Dictionary and Thesaurus, The definition of determination according to W-MD&T, is: 1) a quality that makes you continue trying to do or achieve something that is difficult; 2) firm or fixed intention to achieve a desired end; 3) firm or unwavering adherence to one’s purpose.
The Thesaurus offers such synonyms as “doggedness” and “persistence,” This reminds me of my Corgi-mix puppy, Sophie. She gets her favorite toy–currently one of my husband’s old shoes–and with dogged persistence, shakes it, chews on it, works on it until the shoe is completely destroyed. Only then is she satisfied.
Determination goes deeper for me, especially on this journey. It is a relentless, unwavering focus on the end result. Think of a race horse, with blinders on, so that all she sees and all she focuses on is the finish line, the floral wreath and the trophy.
I have a small white board in my kitchen that we use to write notes of encouragement, reminders, etc. Across the top of the board is written in big red letters I WAS MADE FOR MORE THAN THIS! Underneath that hangs last week’s word EMPOWERED and under that hangs this week’s word DETERMINATION. This is my constant reminder that I AM EMPOWERED WITH DETERMINATION BECAUSE I WAS MADE FOR MORE THAN THIS!