1 I will exalt you, Lord, for you lifted me out of the depths
and did not let my enemies gloat over me. 2 Lord my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me. 3 You, Lord, brought me up from the realm of the dead; you spared me from going down to the pit. 4 Sing the praises of the Lord, you his faithful people; praise his holy name. 5 For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning. Psalm 30:1-5
GRIND is a word that I have heard growing up and participating in sports. But I saw it in a new way when I had the opportunity to meet a new coach that came up with an acronym for the word. For me, GRIND was a word that meant that I had to push through all of the struggles that I was facing to find a way to succeed. It was a way to test my internal and mental status to help me step up and achieve things as I continued to tell myself that I could not achieve. There is always doubt in our lives that cause us to think that we are not good enough or that we are not the person everyone else wants us to be in this world. But the reality is that we are the exact person that God created us to be for Him. We are the perfection of the model that God broke after knitting us together in out mothers' wombs and we are called to face that voice each and every day that tells us that we are not enough. GRIND for me was pushing myself beyond the limits that I physically, mentally and spiritually never dreamed that I could achieve. It was silencing the nay-sayers and realizing that God has a bigger plan for my life that cannot be held back by the doubt, fear or uncertainty of this world. GRIND taught me to push past the world and realize that my true identity only rested in Christ and that I am called to do all things and give all things to the best of my ability as I start each day of this journey.
But a little over 6 years ago, my understanding of GRIND was brought more to life when a coach for the local football team brought to my attention a better understanding of this word. GRIND stood for Get Ready... It's a New Day. These words would come to redefine my personal understanding of the word GRIND. It would empower me to understand as each day passed, I didn't want to be the same person I was the day before. It challenged me to see outside the boxes I had created and provided for me an opportunity to step into a completely new attitude of God's plan, not only for my life, but also for the lives of those God had placed around me. It was the same concept with new legs... new life... and an
opportunity to reach out and help others to follow along with me on my journey.. which now became our journey. Breaking down the phrase, we see that first we have to "Get Ready". That means we have to prepare for the day that was to come. By getting ready, we had to realize that there are things we cannot change that has already happened, but learn from those obstacles and successes and prepare ourselves mentally, physically and spiritually to take on whatever the new day is going to bring. Flexible became a word in my vernacular that helped me to see that success is not always defined as planned, but as the opportunity to shift on the go and recognize that God's path and my plan may not be on the same timeline. Getting ready was something that challenged and stretched me to prepare for the battles and the journey but to recognize that some days there was nothing I could do but let go and let God take control. The second part of the phrase is just as valuable. "It's a New Day"meant that there was nothing we could change about the days that had passed, but that with each new day God has given us, we must continue to see new chances and opportunities to get better in our personal journey and impact those that may cross our paths. A new day meant that the slate was clean from yesterday and we each have a new canvas in front of us that is ready to become a masterpiece.
So today I am asking each of us to see a new part of this journey together. I am asking that we look at our current daily lives and recognize that there are some things that we need to GRIND out and some things that we need to add to our day. As we look at the Psalmist words for today, we see that we are not alone in this GRIND. That daily we have an advocate and perfecter of our faith that will continue to stretch us and challenge us to grow stronger. When we are caught in the valleys full of doubt, God will give us the strength to climb out and escape from the despair and death of this world. We are called to see that even when the darkness may surround us, God is ready and given to us a new day that is called morning. God's people continued to face adversity and continued to live in times of despair, but they never grave up. They cried to God because of their faith, but they also pleaded out of their pain. God never gave up on them. God has NEVER given up on us. Instead, God has given us the opportunity to attain Christian fortitude. An attitude that teaches us to strive to overcome the failures. An attitude to push through the tough times and realize that joy comes in the morning. Joy comes when we are able to open our eyes and see that we made it through the hardest times and we are excited and prepared to face what ever will come because we have conditioned our faith to push through no matter the cost. We are able to push through the MUNDANE and achieve the goals before us each day. The Psalmist illustrates that image in our last verse for the day when he says, "weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning". The struggles, the battles, the frustrations may all seem to be so overwhelming, but remember TODAY... is a NEW DAY.
So push through and break that cycle that we continue to find ourselves in each day. Realize that the struggle through the journey is part of the process that God is using to help us reach the other side. I said something in my recent sermon that made me see this idea of GRIND in a new light. I said that if Jesus would have stayed on earth and not gone into heaven, the disciples would have never met their full potential. They would have never full been pushed
to attain their leadership goals that Jesus had been preparing them for over the last 3 years. They would have stayed exactly where they were, completely dependent on Jesus to do everything and never would have become the leaders for the Church. We face the same situation today. If we just want to live in the easy, mundane and scheduled, we will never fully rely on God to help us. Instead we will live in our comfort zones and be fine to live in a controlled setting that will never stretch us or cause us to see the greater opportunities that God has intended for us. We need to press on and realize that the pain that we are going through is helping to prepare us for the next stage of this spiritual journey that we are all on and that we will never be alone. Get Ready.... It's a New Day and God has been preparing us for the next steps of this journey if we haven't truly paid attention to the signs at all. It is time for us to press on and press through the struggle and take hold of what tomorrow is going to bring. There is no doubt that God is in control, and I hope and pray that we are ready to step out in faith and follow His lead when we are called into action. The next step is right in front of us.. are you ready to press forward and experience the GRIND?