One of my great joys in ministry is overseeing the 12Stone Residency Program, training up the next generation of church leaders. Christine Kaye, a resident who serves in our College Ministry, will be sharing her leadership wisdom on the blog today.

Do you have what it takes to outlast the difficult seasons of life?

As leaders, we all walk through difficulty in every facet of life – career, marriage, family, finances, leadership and teamwork. It takes some serious grit to stay strong and rise through to the other end.

Grit is emotional strength when walking through the tougher points of life and the ability to endure when things aren’t optimal. Grit is the tenacity to risk and to rise against the odds. Grit is your heels in the dirt as you plow away, starting over, rebuilding what you have lost. Grit is bruised knees from persistent prayer, begging God to move on your behalf.

How do you use grit to push through the difficult season you are in? Find Joy. Pursue God. Cling to Truth.

Find Joy

In hardship, perspective is everything. You can choose to believe that God will come through, that difficulty is an opportunity, and that this season won’t last forever. Have faith and find gratitude.

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (James 1:2-4)

Pursue God

Grit isn’t born from our own strength and self-sufficiency. Grit is developed through the work of the Holy Spirit, strengthening and encouraging us. If you want to have grit, be active in your spiritual life. On your own, you run the risk of burnout and failure under pressure.

“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.” (James 1:5-6)

Cling to Truth

Grit requires that we cling to the word of God. God gives us truth to hold onto and those truths shape us into the image of Christ. The enemy loves to lie, deceive, and to throw doubt in our way, but we must choose to listen to the truth. It’s God’s word that sustains us and strengthens our inner being.

“Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” (Romans 5:3-5)

Where in your leadership do you need to build grit?

Keep going and endure. God isn’t done with you yet. He’s shaping and forming you for the work he wants to do in and through you.