Grit can grow giant killers
Grit: four little letters that can make a huge difference in your life.
You know you have to stand up and take notice when this word seems to be appearing in so many different places. Recently, an email popped up about blog I follow called Grit & Virtue, then I picked up a book with the title, Grit, at a tiny airport book shop in Mombasa, Kenya and I also received a pair of socks from the Grit & Grace range.
What is grit?
Described as courage and resolve or even strength of character, grit packs a punch. It has a sense of determination about it, a certain tenacity to persevere.
Indeed, some people seem to be born with it, but it is also a trait that we can cultivate.
In truth, this world needs more people with grit. Why do we need it? Everyone faces hardships and challenges. It’s so easy to give up, but much harder to get up again after dealing with a loss, anxiety, depression or fear.
If you are facing a Goliath, then there must be a giant slayer inside of you.
We will all face various giants in our lives. By giants, I mean those challenges or obstacles that seem insurmountable. Things that we think we cannot overcome: things such as fear, loss, breakdown of relationships, financial difficulties, disappointments or setbacks. Furthermore, they could come in the form of a person that slandered you or the health issues that doesn’t seem to go away.
These giants seem to be on a mission to destroy your life. On the contrary, they don’t need to cause us to fall or keep us down. We can defeat them, but we do need to know how.
Firstly, whose report will you believe?
When the Israelites sent ten men into the promised land many, many years ago, their goal was to spy out the area and bring news back with them. Unfortunately, mixed reports returned. Joshua and Caleb were the only two out of the ten men who came back with positive news.
Their words to Moses went something like this: “We went to the land where you sent us. It really is a land flowing with milk and honey. Here’s some of its fruit. But the people who live there are strong, and the cities have walls and are very large. We even saw the descendants of Anak there. The Amalekites live in the Negev. The Hittites, Jebusites, and Amorites live in the mountain region. And the Canaanites live along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea and all along the Jordan River. Caleb told the people to be quiet and listen to Moses. Caleb said, “Let’s go now and take possession of the land. We should be more than able to conquer it.” See Numbers 23:13-30
We read that they saw the giants in the land, but they also looked with the eyes of faith and hope. Can we say like Caleb said: “Let’s go now…we should be more than able to conquer it.”
“Thinking will not overcome fear but action will.” – W. Clement Stone
Secondly, where does your strength lie?
If we read the story of David and Goliath in 1 Samuel 17, we see that David never relied on his own strength to conquer the giant. Whatever you are facing, you need something more than just your own ability, you need grit. Plus you need the strength that God can give you to overcome.
In today’s language, Angela Duckworth says: “Grit, in a word, is stamina. But it’s not just stamina in your effort. It’s also stamina in your direction, stamina in your interests.” We need to know which battles are ours to fight and which are not. We persevere until we have overcome.
Thirdly, David showed up.
David arrived at the battlefield initially to check up on his brothers. But, when he discovered the current state of affairs, he decided to show up for the battle. When you face your fears, anxiety or any other giant, show up and be present. David was a man of purpose. As a result, his conviction that his life mattered, set him on a course collision with a giant. Your life matters; you have a purpose. Moreover, use that conviction to stir up courage and hope.
Fourth, he fought the battle in the way he had been trained.
David never wore another person’s armor or fought in a different way to what he knew how. He fought in the way that he had been used to fighting. Your battle is unique. Fight it in the way the Lord has trained you. Therefore, use the weapons at your disposal. Improvise and use what you have.
Finally, David didn’t retreat.
In the face of the mockery he received from his enemy, David stood firm and then he advanced. We read that Goliath came out every day (for 40 days) taunting the Israelites. He shouted at them, insulted and threatened them. Paralyzed with fear, the Israelites didn’t know what to do. When David saw what was happening, he stirred up his faith, and then he advanced. “As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him.” See 1 Samuel 17:48.
Are you listening to the mocking words from your enemies? What do you do need to do to advance?
Fear will continue to paralyze you – this giant will try to keep you locked in a state of confusion, isolation or immobility. Learn from Joshua, Caleb, and David. Consequently, face your giants, use your weapons and fight.
When I was struggling with the giant of fear after the armed robbery, I realized that I couldn’t conquer it on my own. I needed grit, the Lord’s help, and I needed others around me to help me too. Couple faith and hope with action so that you can defeat your Goliath.
Your greatest tests produce powerful testimonies, and your greatest trials can produce your greatest victories.
Your most significant moments in the fire forge depth of character.
Don’t give up!
These victories become stepping stones into a deeper walk with the Lord, into a more resilient life on earth and greater freedom!
I’d love to know what you think? How can you develop grit in your life? Please leave a comment below.