Ministry requires so much grace.
Grace to forgive. Grace to love. Grace to lead. Grace to discern. Grace to preach. Grace to confront. Grace to ignore. Grace to promote. Grace to decrease.
But it also requires a helluva lot of grit.
Grit to persevere. Grit to push-through. Grit to overcome. Grit to endure. Grit to last. Grit to show up even when you don't feel like showing up. Grit to engage even when you don't have the emotional energy to engage. Grit to lead even when you don't know where you should be leading!
For me to do a 30 year run (which is my goal) as the Lead Pastor of theMOVEMENT Church in Oakland, I am convinced...
GOD'S GRACE MUST BE PRESENT, AND MY GRIT CAN'T BE ABSENT.
But as daunting and exhausting as that may seem, I am also thankful of this:
Even my grit is a gift bestowed upon me because of His grace!
So in the end, it's ALL grace.