God bless you and greeting in the awesome name of Jesus Christ who dared to be different and allows us to be so also.
We are not afraid of the world or intimidated by it. It’s where we live move and have or being… it’s where we carry out our Father’s business…. We are more than conquerors because, though we are in the world, we are not of the world. Our allegiance is to God, and we dedicate our lives to Him. II Corinthians 5:15b teaches us that we should not live unto ourselves, but unto him who died for us and rose again. We walk in the steps of our Lord Jesus Christ, living by the faith of Jesus Christ, showing the world there is more available than what the five senses offers them.
The Bible is replete with examples of men and women who did their Father’s will. Men and women who dared to go beyond the limits of their natural abilities…. Men and women who dared to do the impossible and change the course of history. Our lives can make a difference. We may never know how big a difference, but we must be willing to dare valiantly in great causes for God.
Theodore Roosevelt said, “Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure… than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.”
Cecil Beaton also challenged us with these words: “Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it safers, the creatures of the common place, the slaves of the ordinary.”
Do we have “true grit?” Are we made from the “right stuff?” If the Bible is right, the answer to both questions is affirmative. We have the wherewithal we need to accomplish great things for God. Jeremiah lamented that there were none “valiant for the truth.” That’s where we can come in. We can be valiant for the truth; we can walk in the footsteps of the master; we can demonstrate that we have what’s required. We’re made from the right stuff.
In the movie, True Grit the elusive nature of “grit” is a theme spanning the full length of the film. Although the quality is never explicitly defined, it seems to be just the right combination of toughness and bravery to get the most dangerous job done. It may not appear outwardly until absolutely necessary, but those who have it will summon it when they truly need it. Quite naturally it also includes a certain amount of self-sacrifice. In the movie none of the characters, no matter how resourceful or upstanding, emerged untouched by pain and suffering. It was as if it was enough merely to survive. In the movie escaping outright destruction seems to be the ultimate test of who has grit and who has none.
When the dust settles, are we still standing? When the faint of heart have vanished, do we still remain? When the call for help goes out, are we there to answer and respond? Invest yourself in people whom you love. Give of yourself to them and serve them wholeheartedly. As we have therefore opportunity we are to do good unto all, especially unto them of the household of faith (Galatians 6:10).