Grit…it’s a lost word or associated with more than one…as in Grits. 🙂 In those pioneer days and in the days of the Greatest Generation, there were many with Grit. It’s a personality trait. People with Grit have passion and they will persevere under all types of circumstances for that passion. It’s standing firm with integrity and not letting anyone or anything stand in your way.
In our lives as Christians we have succumb to the world of which having Grit is a negative thing. You see in our world today there is more value in someone who has no values. In other words…you are most received when nothing matters. I guess passion matters most if it’s directed toward a free spirit of “I’m okay….you’re okay.”
Satan is really wining this war in our lives. If he can get you to become apathetic about integrity, accountability, perseverance, truth and a passion for Christ…then he has you just where he wants you. Grit comes with a price. You don’t it get by osmosis. It comes with hard work and tough shoulders. It’s a love for people, but a hate for sin. It’s doesn’t hide. It has no secrets. It is not hypocritical. And because Grit is hard to come by, those pursuing will usually do so with few followers.
When it comes to parenting…you gotta have Grit. It’s seeing past those moments when it’s easier to give in. It’s not excusing bad behavior (sometimes I get so weary with “tired” children who are really little terrors!). It’s stepping up to parent when it’s the hardest because you know your child won’t “like” you. It’s loving them enough to discipline…and that may include a spatula!
How about when it comes to marriage? It takes Grit to love when someone may be unloveable. It takes Grit to put your marriage first when all the “girlfriends” are going out night after night. It takes Grit to admit the mistake.
Do you have Grit as a Christian? Are you willing to be vocal about what God says about homosexuality or adultery? Is it easier to keep quiet about the lack of clothes your sister in Christ is wearing? How hard is it to stop gossip? There’s little to no Grit when it keeps getting passed on and on. And how about those lost moments when you could have denied self and taken up His cross to follow Him? Now there’s “True Grit!”
Make a change in your life and “GET ON YOUR GRIT!” You may lose some friends…but if you do…those aren’t really friends because your goals are different and they will drag you down if you keep hangin’ on to them. LET THEM GO. Christ is wanting followers who KNOW HIM…not just “proclaim” Him. Where will HE find you and your “Grit?”