Are You Gritty?

Do you find yourself battling a sickness, mental illness, trauma, or relational issues? Guess what, you're not alone. 

We live in a filtered culture that presents perfection as the norm. But who is ever inspired by perfection? I hear more people look at someone who appears to have it all together or whatever it is they don't have and sarcastically say "Ugh I hate them" or "Oh it must be soo hard," paired with the biggest eye roll. I'm no prude. I've done it! You know why we do that? Those people are unrelatable (and maybe we are a little jealous). Have you ever attended a motivational speech and not heard a story of overcoming something? I've never been motivated by hearing someone's story of having a perfect life. Actually, I have never heard of a life being like that ever. You know why? We all struggle. We all suffer. There is a reason why we find stories of perseverance so inspiring. Paul explains it well in Romans 5:3-5

3We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. 4And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. 5And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.

When you run into someone with the most insane story of tragedy, yet they are also one of the happiest people you have ever met it gives you hope. It lets us know that what we are going through isn't forever, nor will it define us. That is the definition of grit. People like that are some of the most powerful in culture, community, and in Christ. I love the way The Message phrases the same scripture:

5There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!

I am going through stuff too, who isn't? The level of hope I have by worshiping through it, choosing joy over wallowing, and walking our my faith doubtless that my current problem is also my future has made me a force to be reckoned with. Not tooting my own horn here, I can only speak about how I have seen myself change. I truly feel the above scripture. No longer do I get upset when God's timing doesn't match mine, because I trust him to come through. Since I trust him to come through for me, I have been able to boldly encourage others and am always looking for an opportunity to take as many people as I can on the journey of redemption. This may sound so foreign, it certainly was to me for a very long time. I started by reading Psalms. It is a roller coaster of emotions that anyone can relate to. Hone in on statements, because those are your promises. Put them anywhere and everywhere.

Live with grit.

- Lexie