Mark 14:36New Living Translation (NLT)
36 “Abba, Father,” he cried out, “everything is possible for you. Please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”
Grit is the ability to persevere over difficult times and for long periods of time. It is a relentless resolve to keep pursuing a desired goal and not giving up.
Jesus, the man who knew sorrows, prayed a prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane. It was an incredible prayer. Jesus faced a horror that no natural man could face. He gave up his own life when he said, not my will, but your will be done. He took on a cross and moved relentlessly toward it with full determination. Never has more grit happened or been seen all for the sake of love.
Grit requires courage. It is the ability to manage fear of failure as we face adversity in our lives.
There is a quote by Teddy Roosevelt who describes grit this way: “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds cold have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust, sweat, and blood; who strived valiantly; who errs; who comes again and again because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spreads himself in a worthy cause; who at best knows in the end the triumph of achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.”
Strength and Courage