The message on Sunday resonated with a lot of people. If you want to learn a lot more about grit, get a copy of the new book by that name: GRIT: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth.
The author draws on consistent research from the fields of educational psychology, developmental psychology, and coaching for superior athletic performance (and other places as well) to write a very readable (while still substantial) book on grit.
Here is my adaptation of a few of her main ideas:
Passion and Purpose about the things that matter most fuel the quality of grit in our lives.
Perspectives (the right ideas and mindsets), along with Promises for the future, give strength to grit.
Persistence in hard work and Perseverance during hard times are how grit grows inside us.
Remember, while enthusiasm is common, endurance is rare.
Grit involves enthusiasm, but it requires endurance.
Intensity may get you going, but consistency is what will get you to where you want to go.
Grit is intensity and consistency.
It is easy to fall in love, but staying in love is grit.
We are invited to run the race, stay the course, fight the good fight, be ready in and out of season, press on, count (and pay) the cost … and then do it all again tomorrow.
Grace to all of you and may Christ make us gritty people, prepared for the work he has for us to do.