Discipline is to train ourselves in the exercise of self control. Tenacity is the quality of being very determined and persistent. And purpose is defined as one’s intention or goal.
I remember when, as a young mother, I persistently pursued my purpose of earning a college degree. It wasn’t easy with two small children, a husband, and a home to care for. And yet, I was very determined to reach my goal. It had meaning to me – it was important.
Many nights I stayed up late studying for an exam as my household slept. Not wanting to shortchange my children, I would postpone study time until after they were asleep. Self control was necessary to manage my responsibilities as I worked toward my goal.
Although it took a little longer, my discipline and tenacity paid off. I have never regretted that time in my life. The extra effort during those early years laid the foundation for further education and a professional career.
We will have numerous opportunities throughout our lives to practice discipline and tenacity of purpose. Our confidence grows as we look back on past successes that reassure us we can, again, move forward. May each of us recognize our full God given potential as we train ourselves in the exercise of self control and tenaciously pursue our purpose.
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, Colossians 3:23 (NIV)