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Friday, November 22, 2013

Think About It

True Grit

How tough are you? Are you able to handle all of the things that come at you over the course of your life? Are you one of those people who say “I’m tough, I can handle it”. In reality what we portray on the outside isn’t the condition of our inner person. We can put on a good front but in the quietness of the night we often admit, at least to ourselves, that we’re not tough. Fear, anxiety and indecision plague our thoughts and we find ourselves looking for solutions and something to hold on to for security.

It has been said, it is in our weaknesses that we are made strong. It is in our ability to see and admit our weakness that we put ourselves in a position of strength. Why is that? Is it that true grit is not in being tough but rather being transparent and real?

True grit comes not from some conjured up strength to take on the world, but rather the inner strength of the person that enables them to stand in the face of a trial. True grit doesn’t deny fear or lack of ability, but rather taps on to a source of strength that is beyond them. It is much like the story of David and Goliath. In this case a boy takes on a giant, not with armor and sword but with just a few stones. The giant that stood before him was intimidating because he had something within himself that was stronger. This inner strength propelled him to take on what stood in front of him.

Life has many giants. The come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. They can relate to relationships, employment, health and the expectations and demands of others. We cave in to these giants because we often don’t believe in ourselves. Unlike the little train who thought he could, we can’t. Consequently we give up and cave into the pressure. We become weak and subsequently see life through the eyes of a victim. To have true grit means to admit the overwhelming reality of our situation and then finding a place to start chipping away at the giant that stands before us. With David it wasn’t the size of the weapon, but rather in his ability to use what he had. You have the tools, you just have to start using them. Think about it.

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1 comment :

Anonymous said...

IF ONLY MORE WOULD DISPLAY TRUE GRIT AND STAND FOR WHAT IS GOOD AND RIGHT ACCORDING TO OUR FOUNDING FATHERS OF OUR COUNTRY , WE ALL WOULD BE IN A BETTER WORLD. YOU PUT IT WELL.. ENOUGH SAID, FRED'S DEAD