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Tenacity and A Life View (2004-02-22 - 8:35 a.m.)

Christi and I watched “In the Cut” last night. Perhaps it should be subtitled, “Meg Ryan makes a softcore porn flick.” Out of 119 minutes, there was about 10 minutes of murder mystery (which anybody with half a brain could have solved), about 40 minutes of sex, and the rest was “HUH??” It was a perfectly dreadful movie. I probably won’t give it any stars when I get to rate it on Netflix.

Christi and I will probably be going to the Dallas Stars game this afternoon. She won tickets again for her companies luxury suite at the AA center in Dallas. That should be fun. The suite is actually a pretty good vantagepoint for a sporting event. It’s a little far away for a concert, but I don’t complain when we get to go for free.

We are counting down the days and it is now less then two weeks until our Spring Break vacation to California. We fly to Long Beach on March 5, and have a house rented on Sunset Beach until March 13. My head has been there already for about the last 4 weeks.

Today’s reading in My Utmost for His Highest is about “The Discipline of Spiritual Tenacity.” What exactly is tenacity? Webster defines it as “the quality of being tenacious.” Ok. That helps. So we look up tenacious. 1 a : not easily pulled apart : COHESIVE b : tending to adhere or cling especially to another substance

2 a : persistent in maintaining or adhering to something valued or habitual I think, for our purposes, definitions 1b and 2a are the best. Chambers says that it is “more than endurance, it is endurance combined with the absolute certainty that what we are looking for is going to transpire.” It’s more than just hanging on, because we might be just hanging on out of sheer terror. I like this statement: “Tenacity is the supreme effort of a man refusing to believe that his hero is going to be conquered.” So if things are not going quite the way you think they should be at the moment, it’s time to exercise “spiritual tenacity.” Your hero will not be conquered.

Proverbs 10:6-7 says this, “Blessings are on the head of the righteous, but violence covers the mouth of the wicked. The memory of the righteous is blessed, but the name of the wicked will rot.” These statements are ultimately true, although for a time, it seems as though the wicked get more than their fair share of publicity and fame.

In Mark 3:27, Jesus makes this statement: “No one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man. And then he will plunder his house.” Many have taken this passage and misinterpreted it to give Christians authority over something they have named the “strong man” demon. Jesus has already bound the “strong man,” because the “strong man” is Satan. Christ has bound him and plundered his house. There is no need for us to bind something that is already bound.

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What is your view of life? “Your unspoken life metaphor influences your life more than you realize. It determines your expectations, your values, your relationships, your goals, and your priorities.” This is from The Purpose Driven Life, by Rick Warren, chapter five, “Seeing Life from God’s View.” He goes on to say, “For instance, if you think life is a party, your primary value in life will be having fun. If you see life as a race, you will value speed and will probably be in a hurry much of the time. If you view life as a marathon, you will value endurance. If you see life as a battle or a game, winning will be very important to you.”

What is your view of life? More on this later.

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