The Crossing
Grit | My Life Coach Part 4
Contemporary leadership literature focuses on servant leadership. That whole concept was introduced by Jesus. In this series, we want to provide leadership coaching from Jesus himself that will make you a better leader at work, at home, on the sports field, and in every other circle of influence.
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Jesus stands in stark contrast to the definition of American masculinity and its values.
Jesus is the picture of a true man, and one word describes that character - grit.
Grit is defined as “firmness of mind or spirit : unyielding courage in the face of hardship or danger.”
Courageous. Relates to your ability to manage fear of failure. Understanding that failure must be embraced as part of the process.
Conscientious. Someone who works as smart as they do hard. They measure success at the proper speed, realizing that the most happens when everybody contributes at the highest level.
Enduring. Stamina - the ability to keep going until the job is done. There’s a strong connection to grit and grind. Sometimes you have to grind, but keep moving in the direction of the goal.
Resilience. This is the part of grit that has to do with obstacles and opposition. This is what keeps your head up when you want to give up. Grit powers through obstacles, keeping your eyes on the goal.
Excellence. Excellence isn’t perfection. Perfection is unattainable and self-defeating. Excellence allows for disappointment and failure in an ongoing quest for improvement and fulfillment of purpose.
Nehemiah is a great biblical example of grit.
The nation of Israel had been overthrown and destroyed. 70 years later, a more benevolent empire allowed some of the exiles to go back and rebuild their temple, but everything around it was still in ruins and the people who returned were in constant danger.
Courage begins with a calling to a high purpose
Nehemiah was a cupbearer to Artaxerxes, the king of Persia. When he heard about the plight of Jerusalem, his heart was broken. He felt the weight of it and made the burden his own.
There was fear and doubt associated with this calling. So much he didn’t know.
God will supply what He calls you to
The courageous part of grit comes from the knowledge that it’s God’s agenda and not your own.
Grit takes a conscientious heart
A conscientious heart requires patience - at the pace of the work and the abilities of others around us. It’s better if we get there together rather than leaving a trail of bodies behind us.
Grit takes an enduring and resilient heart
We can struggle to press through and finish. Like Jesus’ parable of the four soils, we can get burnt out, choked out, or starved out.
Grit requires pacing, keeping a balance of deep and wide, and staying connected to the Source every day. Grit shows up. It grinds it out even when it feels like you’re at a standstill.
Grit pursues excellence, not perfection.
The new temple lacked the grandeur of what had been. The new wall was built with the rubble of the old. It wasn’t perfect but it was excellent - what the people needed.
Grit allows for the losses, the failures, and the disappointments, while at the same time doing a great thing for Christ and His Kingdom.

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