It's link up time with Lisa-Jo and friends at The Gypsy Mama. We write for five minutes just for the fun of it. Today we're writing on: Grit.
Oh Christian, pure hearted and brave. Turn your face to the world like a flint. Refuse to be corrupted, determine to be compassionate. The way is tough and obstacles block your way. Tripping over pride, betrayal, hate, poverty, suffering your knees get scraped and bruised.
Jaw set, you bend to comfort the helpless, stretch an arm around the lonely sitting in the pew, confront the lies and injustice so prevalent. And who laughs or sings like you, the happiest in the world, because you know a secret. This life is not all there is, a better one's to come!
The journey isn't easy, warrior, but what a privilege to follow so great a Savior. And in one deep breath the memory of this hard climb will pass, as ragged feet and weary limbs cross over into perfect rest and reward.
"So take a new grip with your tired hands and strengthen your weak knees. Mark out a straight path for your feet so that those who are weak and lame will not fall but become strong." Hebrews 12:12-13
It takes a lot of grit to follow Jesus. The path of righteousness leads us in a direction opposite the flow of society and often the way is lonely and hard. But we have a Companion on the way that cheers and strengthens. The word grit brought to mind the missionary biographies I grew up reading. Truly Hudson Taylor, Amy Charmichael, Eric Liddel and the like were gritty Christians. They walked their faith out in sweat and sacrifice and I'm thankful for their example.
Who in your life is a gritty Christian, setting the example of tenacious faith?