Grit: Determination with Direction
Grit: Passion with Perseverance
Grit: The strength of will, heart and mind
Grit: Do you have it? Is it evident in the women you are mentoring? If you asked the people who know me well, they would tell you “GRIT” has been a part of my regular vernacular in the last few months. I have toted a book around by that title and have told anyone who would listen that I desperately want to help our next generation of leaders learn how to “Eat Grit” for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. That may sound a bit harsh or a bit offensive at least, however, I am confident the phrase is not lost on any of you since leadership is not for the faint of heart!
The author of GRIT: the power of passion and perseverance, Angela Duckworth, builds the case for grit in thirteen chapters and over 278 pages. She explains the intangible quality of grit, where it is found and how to develop it if it seems to be in short supply.
I won’t dissect the whole book for you here but I do want to encourage you to help your team develop this elusive and yet necessary element of character that was quite obviously found in Joshua early on and yet had to be developed in Gideon.
Ministry culture needs to be a gritty culture. I want to be part of a tribe of women in our churches who understand leadership is a privilege, not a right. I want to be part of a culture which champions perseverance and the pursuit of what is good, right and true no matter the cost.
Grit is a virtue worth pursuing.
We pray that you’ll live well for the Master, making him proud of you as you work hard in his orchard. As you learn more and more how God works, you will learn how to do your work. We pray that you’ll have the strength to stick it out over the long haul—not the grim strength of gritting your teeth but the glory-strength God gives. It is strength that endures the unendurable and spills over into joy, thanking the Father who makes us strong enough to take part in everything bright and beautiful that he has for us.
By Krista Penner
Krista enjoys life with her family in Mission, BC. She is actively involved in Leadership Development for Fellowship Pacific and in that role is privileged to travel across BC helping churches develop leaders. When not speaking or writing, Krista loves to spend time in her kitchen. Cooking is a passion that she pursues, even reading cookbooks like they are novels! She is married to Jerome and together they share three great kids, Linden, Erika and Marty.