Tenacity. Here’s a word that, in my mind’s eye, brings together tension and elasticity. Tenacity: a pliable Gumby who never loses his form, no matter how far he is stretched? Or, Plastic Man stretched to infinity and then some, yet keeping his head when all others lose theirs? Perhaps tenacity is a high school girl’s cross country team running distance repeats during the early morning hours of Labor Day.

This morning about sixty young women were racing around the .7 mile path in the riverside park called St. Mary’s. I walk this path often. This is where I walk and talk with God and tenacity is what I observed this morning as I walked around St. Mary’s park. I supposed that sleeping in on a holiday was on their mind. No doubt their fellow students were doing so. Yet, there they were – stretching, dashing, puffing, sweating and straining, a crescendo of rapidly patting shoes and heavy breathing moving quickly toward me and then withdrawing just as quickly…tenaciously.

The apostle Paul had tenacity in mind when he said: “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.”

Tenacity. Doggedness. Persistence. Pertinacity.

Sloth, sluggishness, idleness, indolence, apathy, laziness.

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