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Determination

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!

 

6 thoughts on “Determination”

  1. Hi Edwina,

    Thanks so much for your encouraging words. I, too, am participating in the M2C Bible Study. I love the idea of your white board. Also, focusing on the end result reminds me of Hebrews 12:1-3.

    (1) “Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance (determination) the race that is set before us, (2) fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter (finisher) of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

    3 “For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” I really need verse three when “well meaning” friends and family members remind me of all the things I’ve tried in the past that haven’t worked. But I say, “This time is different!”

    I have the image in my mind of fellow M2C-ers lining the raceway route, waving scripture pennants, and cheering me on. And there’s Jesus at the Finish Line. He’s holding up a big sign in His Own Handwriting that says, “Well done!”

    I appreciate your post, Edwina. It’s just what I need to spur me on. Thanks again!

    Jan

    1. Jan. thanks so much for stopping by! I’m so glad my comments were encouragin to you. I really like your image of being in the race and the other Mc2ers cheering you on and Jesus waiting at the finish line.

  2. I have a very determined dog too who loves to carry every item of clothing she can get her teeth on to her favorite spot in the living room. She is persistent! Also I love your analogy to a race horse. I want to be that determined! Thank you for sharing. Stephanie Solberg OBS Group Leader

  3. Wow! Talk about putting it all together! What a firm foundation you are building for success! I love the image of the roses at the end of the race. Sometimes I lose sight of the fact that there is a good reward at the end of this goal. Love this! Thanks for sharing!
    Hope- OBS Small Group Leader

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