True Grit

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“The way is hard that leads to life.” (Matthew [7:14])

“By your endurance you will gain your lives.” (Luke [21:19])

We humans are always seeking to discover new keys to success. But nowadays we’re hearing more and more about something of a rediscovery. After much research, it turns out that across all ethnic, socio-economic, educational, and psychological demographics “one characteristic emerge[s] as a significant predictor of success… grit” (Duckworth).

Psychologist Angela Lee Duckworth has made grit the focus of years of study. She defines grit as “the ability to persevere in pursuing a future goal over a long period of time and not giving up… It is having stamina. It’s sticking with your future, day-in, day-out, not just for the week, not just for the month, but 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. The relentless resolve to keep pursuing a desired goal and not giving up. Wouldn’t you know? Your grandfather was right after all: Successdoes look a lot like hard work.

Grit in the Bible

You won’t find the word grit in a credible English translation of the Bible. But it’s there nonetheless. The Bible’s terms for grit are steadfastness (1 Corinthians [15:58]) and endurance (Luke [21:19]). Steadfastness is the determination to remain at your post come what may. Endurance is the determination to keep moving toward your desired goal despite external challenges and internal weariness.

The Bible is replete with gritty examples:

·Noah building a huge ship over decades as he waited for the fulfillment of God’s promise.

·Abraham and Sarah living like strangers in the land of promise and waiting a quarter century into old age as they waited for the fulfillment of God’s promised child.

·Jacob serving his devious uncle, Laban, for many years as he waited for the fulfillment of God’s promises.

·Joseph languishing in an Egyptian prison as he waited for the fulfillment of God’s promise.

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