Alphabet Faith Stories: Determined Debbie

Goal setting

D: Determined Debbie–I Corinthians 9:24-25–“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. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.” (NIV)

Merriam-Webster Dictionary dictionary for determination:

  • The resolving of a question by resolving or reasoning;
  • The act of deciding definitively or firmly;
  • Firm or fixed intention to achieve a desired end (goal)

Common phrases used for the word determination:

  • Where there’s a will, there’s a way;
  • I will not rest until…;
  • There’s no stopping someone;
  • If it’s the last thing I do;
  • Won’t take no for an answer

Determined Debbie’s Story:

“From an early age, Debbie knew that she loved to run. She would run against anyone who would want to compete with her–family members and friends. She got so good at racing and winning that she was the first one everyone chose at school to be on their team.

As the years went by and Debbie was getting ready to graduate from high school, she was given an opportunity for a full athletic scholarship at one of the local colleges. She accepted this wonderful gift and upon graduation applied to be the head athletic director at her former high school. She was immediately hired and began at the beginning of a new school year.

During the number of years that Debbie was athletic director, she never waivered from teaching her students the importance of winning a race. However, she also taught them the importance of having a gracious attitude and doing their best no matter what the outcome. Pursuing a goal and a Godly purpose in their lives, plus a dedication to God’s will for themselves would help them with every decision that they had to make–school to attend, what job to accept, getting married, raising a family, etc.

Determination takes courage in pursuing your dreams. However, we need God’s help in order to reach the goals we have set for ourselves and to pray for his direction.

Romans 8:35-39 says, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: ‘For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.’ No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (NIV)

Debbie lived out these principles in leading young people to set goals for themselves but with the help of God. She was able to teach them the importance of strength and courage to persevere and being steadfast in all things. God was their number one helper who would cheer them on to win the race for Him.”

Let us all continue to run the race that God has set before us by being an example of living our lives as role models for others to see Christ in us.