I am constantly amazed by God’s ability to lead me. Many times in my posts I acknowledge how he speaks to me, or brings things to my attention. Which is reassuring since I’m not consistent in giving him my attention. When I do, and follow the thread that is woven through my world, I discover some awesome stuff.
This past week I started reading a book by Angela Duckworth titled Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance. The thread began with my word for 2021, Persevere. That led to me watching an interview with one of my favorite authors as I persevere in pursuing my writing career. At the end of the interview the book was mentioned and since it had the word perseverance in it, I purchased the book.
I’ve only read 2 chapters so far, but I am beginning to grow hope. The book compares the success of people based on talent and grit, grit being hard work and determination. What I am learning is grit is more indicative of success.
There in lies my problem. I would consider myself more talented and less gritty. When I think about my perseverance what comes to mind is the dog, Dug, in the movie Up. His mind constantly distracted by the appearance of squirrels. Although, to be fair, my distractions are more bountiful and diverse.
This book gives me hope. God wants me to learn perseverance. He knows I need it. He doesn’t just leave me in my lack.
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.Philippians 4:19 (ESV)
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.Psalm 23:1-3 (ESV)
The devil would like me to believe I am neither talented nor do I have grit. He would like to keep me distracted and succumbing to doubt. He is fearful of my success because he knows I will find it when God is working powerfully through me.
My task is to learn to persevere and keep following the threads that he weaves before me, to stick to the path with my faith firmly in his goodness.
What thread is he weaving through your life this week? I’d love to hear in the comments.
Grace & Peace,