There has been one word that has gone with me through life from childhood and that still has a special meaning to me even now and it is DETERMINATION!

Growing up it was a word that drove me to reach higher heights in my studies in school and to make something of myself. I was determined to make good grades and determined to get my diploma after I had some setbacks. It got me that diploma and it helped me reach many goals over the years.

My dad had always remembered the word also. He preached a few times about determination and when I went to leave for basic training in the Air Force, he told me I would make it.......just keep my determination!

It was also a word he used when I would call him throughout the years for encouragement. He would tell me.......remember your determination! I would say YES!!!! I have determination!! =)

When I was sick in March, my dad encouraged me over the phone and told me that I could make it because I have determination. When they came to visit me just a few weeks ago, he once again mentioned to me that my determination has pushed me through hard times in my life and to not forget it and not let it go!

Every time I hear the word, something swells up inside and tears come to my eyes. I remember low crawling through mud and rocks in basic training and thinking I couldn't make it but pushing through regardless and being determined and I made it through.

Just what does the word determination mean? Well, Webster's defines it as:

a : the act of deciding definitely and firmly; also : the result of such an act of decision
b : firm or fixed intention to achieve a desired end

It isn't just used for life's goals. It is even greater in its context with our spiritual lives as well! We GOT to be determined to make it to Heaven! To be determined to fight and not give up! Our determination to stay right and live holy before God will ensure our destination; Heaven, to be with our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ!

Oh what a reward for determination we shall receive!! Will there be any greater thing in life to reap the rewards of? NO! The ultimate destination of determination can be Heaven IF we stay right and holdfast to the faith......never give up.......keep going on, stay DETERMINED!!!!