Saturday, February 25, 2012

Five Minute Friday – True Grit

When I first saw this week’s word “Grit” the movie True Grit came to mind.  I remember the scene of John Wayne as Rooster Cogburn riding his horse across a meadow with guns blazing.

Grit…now that’s a rather interesting word.

Some people are like gritty sandpaper in my life.  God uses them to buff out and polish off some of the rough not so pretty parts of my personality or character.  The key is, to having the perspective that God is using them in the middle of those difficult days with difficult people.  It doesn’t feel too good, but in retrospect I see how God uses them.

In fact I have one of those sandpaper people in my life right now.  I find myself saying, “Lord, I don’t understand?”  The other day when I was bemoaning the latest offence the Lord impressed upon me that perhaps I should ask, “Lord, what lesson do You want me to learn in this?”

Before I get too cocky and think too highly of myself, I need to remember thatI may be someone’s gritty, irritating sandpaper person. 

Here’s one of the definitions of the word grit:  firmness of mind or spirit : unyielding courage in the face of hardship or danger.

Now I rather like that!  I would like it to be said, “Now she displayed a lot of grit.”  But I want to be a godly woman of grit.  Not one that is self-willed and unyielding, but one who can stand firm because I know my God, who He is and what He can do and because I know Whose I am. 

This post is being linked to 5-Minute Friday courtesy of The Gypsy Mama, where you simply write for 5 minutes without worrying if it's right or not.  Head on over and take the challenge today.  It's kind of fun!


Kirsten said...

Excellent thoughts! I needed that reminder, that -I- may be gritty sandpaper to someone else. And what lesson can I learn from those who are rubbing me the wrong way. Thanks!

Leebird said...

Hi Susan,

I love your perspective about the Lord teaching us thru those gritty folks and circumstances. I like to say, "I can't let one minute of this pain go to waste, Lord. Use it!"

Have a blessed weekend, LeeBird

Denise said...

I love the explanation you gave of grit, "firmness of mind or spirit: unyielding courage in the face of hardship or danger." It reminds me me of what Paul's instructions to Timothy were in 2 Timothy 1:7, "For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control."
These are all available because the Holy Spirit lives in us!

Good post Susan!
Blessings and hugs,

ells said...

we had the same title...great post...yes to remember we are sandpaper too...we have our own log...this is where humility is be a women yielded to God...amen..blessings to you...

susanwalkergirl said...

Thank you Kristen, Leebird, Denise and Ells. It's wonderful to read comments from godly women who love the Lord and are yielded to His plan, timing and guiding hand.

PS..Leebird one of my husband's favorite movies is the move Dave.

thoughtsofgrace said...

Gritee or Gritor -- may I always trust in the Father's plan.

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