No, no, not love. A lil’ mustard seed all Americans are born with called ‘grit,’ and are called on to grow and tone, and blossom in success. I got an email with a link to this article, “The Truth About Grit,” that introduces the importance of hard work with Isaac Newton’s story; he didn’t just discover gravity because of his intelligence. It took decades of work to map out his new theory scientifically and explain it to the people. A new school of scientists are attempting to track the traits of intelligence, talent and grit, and their relation to lifetime achievement. “Grit isn’t simply about the willingness to work hard. Instead, it’s about setting a specific long-term goal and doing whatever it takes until the goal has been reached.” An acre of diamonds lies in our own backyard…if you commit to digging them up on a rigorous schedule every day.

The timing on this article really sucks.

For all those able-bodied workers trapped in unemployment until ??, those imprisoned by their family’s expectations, regenerate Weight Watchers quitters, those barred because of differing language or race, those living with a lingering sense of guilt for blogging at work—what’s labeled as a challenge is, more realistically, a complete impossibility. Kind of a joke, actually.

The article ends, “Woody Allen once remarked that “Eighty percent of success is showing up.” Duckworth points out that it’s not enough to just show up; one must show up again and again and again. Sometimes it isn’t easy or fun to keep showing up. Success, however, requires nothing less. That’s why it takes grit.”

One of the comments on the post reads, “I didn’t have the grit to finish this article.”

The biggest example of grit that comes to mind right now is from Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. A father and son walk miles and miles in post-apocalyptic America, scavenging for food and scrambling away from predatory humans just to keep surviving in a dead country. Their long-term goal is to stay alive, and they work really hard to do so… but for what?

Matthew 6:25
For whoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

Proverbs 19:21
Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand.