Meek Monday: Tenacity

Selah Session:

Is there anything in your life that requires determination?

Have you ever lacked follow through in your life?

Reflection:

Galatians 6:9 (AMPC)And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint

If you’ve ever had dreams for yourself like I have you know that it takes a lot of courage to dream. For any dreamer who wants to see their dreams come to reality, it will take the unique quality of tenacity but not in isolation of course. Let’s explore just what this word means. In the face of great opposition and doubt, do you give up? Nope, I must confess the sin of doubting God’s ability to give me endurance and to do marvelous things in my life, if I truly submit to him. I must repent for thinking “He can’t use me”.  If we make God so small, how then will what you hope for find success? I do not believe that we in ourselves should believe or try to do anything by our own strength but by the power of God in us. I believe in submitting all my desires to God and firmly grasping his vision and not my own, for his thoughts are higher than mine. But honestly guys, the grip I have on my own plans are so tight that I often have trouble letting go. I have to remind myself often that [Not in your own strength] for it is God Who is all the while [a]effectually at work in you [energizing and creating in you the power and desire], both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and [b]delight. (Philippians 2:13(AMPC))

Tenacity

tenacity
tɪˈnasɪti/
noun
  1. the quality or fact of being able to grip something firmly; grip.
    “the sheer tenacity of the limpet”
    • the quality or fact of being very determined; determination.
      “you have to admire the tenacity of these two guys”
    • the quality or fact of continuing to exist; persistence.

             “the tenacity of certain myths within the historical record”

Playing the tenor pan, an instrument created in the Laventille hills over Port of Spain. Photo courtesy the TDCIn Trinidad and Tobago, we have the steel pan, our country’s national instrument which originated right in our small twin isle. This 20th-century instrument goes through quite a process in order to be formed. It all starts with a vessel, a 55-gallon steel drum which may have been used to store or transport chemicals. The top of this drum is stretched, it is beaten and hammered, it is placed under tremendous heat, beaten again, tempered and tuned, eventually forming the steel pan. There are a number of different types each having their own tone: some low some high but each together making a pleasant harmony. Sweet pan music can finally be heard. Even after all of this it still depends on the skill of the pannist and the pan’s tuning for beautiful strings of a composition to be played. So when I looked at my own life and dreams my tenacity is like a tenor pan. What you have in your heart will be tested by fire, there will be the hammer held in opposition to your current state of your dreams, the refining, the tension, the stretching. All the while there remains your tenacity securely trusting in God: the craftsman, as he shapes you as an instrument for creating something pleasing to Him.

Tenacity like a tenor pan,

Palank ka lank ‘pram pram,

Tenacity often tested in the double minded man,

ping pong,

DETERMINATION’S heartbeat in the undertones,

dar dardi dar da da,

The firmness of purpose as given by God,

Pedong pedong 

Singleness of conviction as wrought by Christ,

dar dardi da da da

The pattern of the pan not formed by the world,

dar dardi da da da

But with refiners fire,

dar dardi da da da da

But the design tempered and shaped: renewed,

Palank ka lank lank ‘pram pram,

The ability to test and approve the will of God,

tun na na nan nan na na na, 

His will which is good, pleasing and perfect,

dar dardi da da da

Sweet Tenor pan, Tenacity,

Bram

 

MMM (3)

 

 

Resources: Pictures and video: The-Making-of-a-Steel-Pan

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