Tenacity is working through a whole lot of suffering, frustration, and impatience without giving up hope. It is what you do about a situation you are in that will make or break any transmission or energy needed to get something to the outcome you want.
If you give up, it breaks the connection to things that could bring you to the next step. It is like a cord in the outlet being unplugged. Like one bulb on a string of lights not working, to cause the entire strand to blackout.
I am not sure but it is definitely a word that works only with action behind it. It is the thing that some people have because they never give up. They never give in just because someone’s words made them doubt what their gut and mind and experience were telling them otherwise. Tenacity is something that is unmoveable.
Tenacity goes beyond counting to ten when you are angry and afraid you might lose your temper. Tenacity makes you hold your temper for weeks, months, and sometimes even years, without giving up hope. What good would it be to give in to anger? It changes nothing but maybe your blood pressure. Tenacity holds on and finds solutions if one thing does not work. You are determined to get the outcome you want no matter how much time, money, research, experience, or how many people you may have to talk to to get the answers you are looking for.
I just had a victory this week. It was a small victory compared to some other things in my life I have been waiting for, for years. I have other things more important, but even so, this particular hurdle I could not seem to get over was gnawing at me and yes, keeping me awake too early in the morning.
I have learned that the longer you wait for something, the more exuberant the joy once you get it. A woman waits nine months for her baby while going through pregnancy and the pain of childbirth. The joy is so immeasurable that she forgets her pains once the baby arrives. And God bless adoptive parents too who finally get to see that child they have been preparing for in their huge hearts of gold.
Imagine if you are a parent waiting for one child struggling to get through high school and then graduation day comes. Think of the wife finally getting to see her deployed husband after his third tour of duty in Iraq, after 18 months. Excruciating painful, sleepless nights worrying about him in harm’s way. You never will really know what he has been through.
So I had one small victory because I refused to give up and had to message someone daily for only two weeks, yet, for me, it was not fun. I would have rather spent the time sewing. I have some things I am working on I want to be finished for a grandchild before Christmas. My sister has a birthday this week and I wanted to make something for her. Now, time is lost, but I am happy this annoyance is behind me.
I am sure there will be yet another thing to come up that bugs me, that I won’t be able to just leave alone. I may be pickier than most, yet, for some reason, I just think people should be treated fairly and not cheated. I demand a certain level of job performance and most importantly, I don’t want to be taken advantage of.
I do believe, if I had the smarts, I would have enjoyed being an attorney but not sure which category of law I would go into. It would be fun to find out. I also would have loved to be a teacher for the most difficult of students I think. I would have loved to turn the little monsters into saints somehow by helping them see the value they are to their Creator.
I am sure everyone has one thing that they wish could be different in their lives. Never give up if it is that important to you. Talk to others, do some research, find a way if you have will enough to stay in the game long enough to find out how it ends. God is with you. He has all wisdom and knows the answer but wants you to find it. Ask him for help. Don’t be afraid to cry. I have, many times, silently and also found myself on the floor pouring my eyes out to Him and not even knowing why.
God is so gracious and good. He loves you so much and wants us to have joy. He cares for you and if someone told you something different it is a lie from the evil one. Listen to the only one who can save you. The only one that can help. The only one that has all the answers for your life. Nothing is too difficult for God. Nothing!
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.” (James 1:2-8)