TRUE GRIT

December 10, 2016

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Grit is passion and perseverance for very long-term goals. Grit is having stamina. Grit is sticking with your future, day in, day out, not just for the week, not just for the month, but also for years, and working really hard to make that future a reality. Grit is living life like it’s a marathon, not a sprint.

  Grit is also one of the most important character traits for spiritual formation. If you want to become like Jesus, you’ll need godly grit. Godly grit is a trait, empowered by God’s grace, that you acquire through demonstrating resilience in the face of challenges and adversity.

 The Bible’s terms for grit are steadfastness and endurance. Steadfastness is the determination, as Paul says, to “stand firm” and refuse to let anything move you from your goal (see 1Co 15:58). It is the resolve to keep working for the Lord no matter what trials come. Endurance is the determination to keep moving toward your goal despite external challenges and internal weariness (see Lk 21:19).

 Need to bulk up on godly grit? Try this:

  ➤ Identify your spiritual goals—Developing passion and perseverance for long-term spiritual goals happens when you have a clear understanding of those goals. Keep a list of your goals, including a few ways you want to become more like Jesus.

 ➤ Develop good habits—The more you can rely on habits and established routines to guide your spiritual formation, the less you have to rely on pure perseverance to move you toward your goal.

 ➤ Expect hardship—You’ll be better equipped to face adversity if you’re mentally, physically and spiritually prepared for the hardships that will come (and they will come).

 ➤ Emulate “gritty” people—Noah, Abraham, Joseph, Paul . . . the Bible is chock-full of examples of people who had grit. Their stories were written to teach us endurance (see Ro 15:4).

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

 

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