4.5 Pounds of Tenacity

I have this little 4.5 pound Yorkshire Terrier named Louie. He is still a puppy. He has no idea he is that small. When he is around other dogs of substantial size (which for him is ALL other dogs), Louie doesn’t act at all as if he is the smaller of the two. He jumps right in and plays hard and aggressively. He also has a personality that makes him quite tenacious. He doesn’t give up. He attempts to control and manipulate his surroundings. He is relentless. For example, I would prefer for him to only chew his bones on the floor and not on the couch. We have this vicious cycle that plays out like this…

Louie brings the toy up on the couch.
I put it back on the ground and say “No.”
He brings it back up on the couch. 
I put it back down again. 

This cycle has emerged over and over again until exhaustion. And, in the end, I always end up losing. (I know this is bad dog ownership but I just don’t have the stamina to keep at it.) He is so tenacious! 

I googled what a tenacious person is like and this is the definition I found:

Tenacious refers to a person being of a controlling mindset. So, if we’re talking about personality, then it means this person has a habit of controlling whatever he or she can and will not accept anyone else having the authority of certain things (not necessarily though).

That sounds a lot like Louie. But look at that face, how could you not just melt and cave in to him?! 

So the real reason for this post was not to talk about my new puppy. But it did get me thinking about my spiritual life… 
What if we were tenacious about our relationship with God? 
What if we did not let “life” get in the way of serving Him?
What if we demanded our time with Him each and every day? 
What if  we wouldn’t give our attention to anything else before our time with Him was fulfilled? 
What if we lived in such a tenacious way that we stood firm in what we were willing do or not do in our lives based on Biblical principles and truths? 
What if we wouldn’t let others persuade us or our own shortcomings persuade us to live outside of His will? 

Let’s take a moment to look at what the Bible says about tenacity…

“and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,”
Romans 5:4 (ESV)

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
Hebrews 12:1-2 (ESV)

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.
Galatians 6:9 (ESV)

The Bible is very clear that we are to not grow weary in our servanthood. I know I often let myself do just that. I give up and I wonder if I ever give up just before the breakthrough. Just a moment too early. After reading those verses, it doesn’t sound to me like “giving up” is an option on the table. I think quite the contrary. We should (much like Louie) forget about our size in this world and forge ahead as if we are conquerors, clothed with the full armour of God. For we can do all things through Him that strengthens us.  Wow! What a concept!

I think the word tenacious can get a bad rap. But when we think about it in regard to living a holy tenacious life, it actually sounds like a powerful word that will deepen our walk with Him and grow us in our faith. 

The Bible is very clear that we are to not grow weary in our servanthood. I know I often let myself do just that. I give up and I wonder if I ever give up just before the breakthrough. Just a moment too early. After reading those verses, it doesn’t sound to me like “giving up” is an option on the table. I think quite the contrary. We should (much like Louie) forget about our size in this world and forge ahead as if we are conquerors, clothed with the full armor of God. For we can do all things through Him that strengthens us.  Wow! What a concept!

I think the word tenacious can get a bad rap. But when we think about it in regard to living a holy tenacious life, it actually sounds like a powerful word that will deepen our walk with Him and grow us in our faith. 

How can you be more tenacious in your walk with God?

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