This blog post is dedicated to my dear friend Terri Wright, whose 18-year-old daughter—Lyndsay was just diagnosed with leukemia. The Wright family has true grit!
Although it’s only January and the New Year’s resolutions are still somewhat fresh, it seems appropriate to start 2012 apprehending a spirit of endurance. We need endurance not just to make it through our resolutions, but endurance to run the race that God has set before us.
Constancy, perseverance, continuance, bearing up, steadfastness, holding out—all these words define endurance.
Hebrews 12:1 says, endurance is essential to run our race, very true, however it takes fortitude to endure.
True grit, backbone, boldness, courage, fearlessness, patience, tenacity—all these words describe fortitude.
Living the Christian life takes true grit—it’s not for wimps, or for those who are faint hearted. Jesus asks us to daily take up our cross and follow Him. He endured the cross. He is our example of fortitude—Jesus had true grit. To daily take up our cross and follow Jesus we basically—die—decrease—surrender–our life daily.
It’s simple to live a life of selfishness, doing whatever you want, but it takes fortitude to continually nail your will to the cross.
Fortitude to endure is attained as we recognize our weakness and find our strength in God. God is so good; He showed us by example what it would take to follow Him, then gives us grace to walk it out.
Not only is true grit necessary for surrendering, it’s also a requirement for the ups and downs in life. Hebrews 12:1 also says, we must lay aside every weight and sin that ensnares us. Fortitude actively resists weariness and defeat, therefore it is needed to endure the heaviness of life.
It’s easy to give up when life hurts, when it becomes difficult and unbearable, but true strength is displayed when we don’t give up—when we follow Jesus no matter the cost.
Jesus is our example of true grit, or for those who are not a fan of westerns—He’s our example of fortitude!
Be encouraged as you run your race of life, for Jesus is your prize. His strength holds your enduring fortitude, and it’s only a prayer away!
Hebrews 12:1 “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us”
1 Corinthians 9:24 “Do you not know that in a race all the runners compete, but [only] one receives the prize? So run [your race] that you may lay hold [of the prize] and make it yours.”
To learn more about Lyndsay’s fight, log on to www.caringbridge.org/visit/lyndsaywright/createorsignin
Donation site coming soon, at lyndsayfight.org
Prayers are always welcomed!