Strap on Some Grit!

There is a psychological term that has been coming more and more prevalent in our common day language. It is the term ‘grit.’ I’m sure a few of you have heard the word before, referring to those little particles of dust, dirt, or sand. You may have heard the word in the title of the 1969 John Wayne American Western movie called ‘True Grit’ (a second adaption of the 1968 novel was made into a film released in 2010). The movies and the novel all defined ‘grit’ as passionate tenacity with a bit of a rough and tumble edge. Though each character in the story had their grit tests, we are not really sure how they acquired their ‘grit.’ Yet, it was strapping on grit that got them through.

According to psychologist Angela Lee Duckworth, grit is the greatest quality that ensures success! As a Junior High Math teacher, she observed that IQ was not always a factor in succeeding at school. It was something more. It was grit. Grit meaning: courage, tenacity, determination with passion, endurance, and perseverance. So fascinated by this, she exuded some grit herself and went into the field of psychology. As she studied human behavior, this same quality of grit was seen in sports, business, and academics. Life, successful life, takes strapping on some grit! Yet, in her study she never explains how we are to go about strapping on grit, yet it is proven to be needed to grow and achieve in life. You can view her TED Talk on grit through an internet search (just type in Grit TED Talk or Angela Lee Duckworth).

Though the term may be talked about more these days, grit has been taught all through the ages. God challenged Joshua to strap on some grit.
Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.
Joshua was able to have grit/courage because he trusted in the promise of God to be with him. We have that same promise.
Isaiah 40:29-31 29 He (The Lord) gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. 30 Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; 31 but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
The key is to ‘wait for the LORD.’ That means to trust in God. To put our hope in Him. That regardless of the circumstance, we trust in Him even if we don’t fully understand. Joshua strapped on some grit, will you?

Grit is endurance, perseverance, a stick-to-it-ness, a push, like in following God’s commands.
Galatians 6:9-10 9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. 10 So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.
Grit is that choice to keep moving forward and do good, not giving up. It does not mean we don’t rest or take a break, but we get back at it. I wonder what our nation, our world, would be like if we strapped on more grit to do good? Sure it will be difficult, for grit and suffering go together. The more we suffer the more our grit muscle grows.
Romans 5:3 More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance,

I know and get that we live in a society where words like suffering, delayed gratification, waiting, and endurance are not real popular. We want good lives, great relationships, advancements, and even good godly values handed to us, but that is just not the way it is. It takes strapping on some grit. Why not give it a try this week? Stick with and make some headway with the dreams God has given you. You may be surprised at the outcome.

One place to learn more about God’s view of grit is to attend church. If you are not already connected to a church, we would like to invite you to Cypress Church or one of our branch churches in either Los Alamitos or Garden Grove this week. Our website has all the information you would need. www.cypresschurch.net . It would be great to have you join us.

Seeking to strap on some grit with you,

Mike

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