Grit Your Teeth.

I am preparing for battle. A battle for clarity. A battle for integrity. A battle for decency, honesty, hard work, heart, and strength. I think, just as my fathers, and our fathers did, there will be times when we just have to grit our teeth and walk through the fire. 

The upside to fire is that it refines. The downside is that it hurts. 

Teddy Roosevelt clenched his fists. He was a man who knew trials well. In an article over at Art of Manliness, President Roosevelt is remembered for his grit in the face of opposition. 

One of the best examples of Roosevelt’s unflagging enthusiasm came when he was campaigning for a third term as president. In Milwaukee, WI, he stood in the back of a railway car waving to the crowd. A man shot him in the chest, knocking him back into the car. Three presidents had been assassinated in his lifetime and TR had always prepared for such a moment. He put his fingers to his lips and since blood was not coming out of his mouth he knew the bullet hadn’t perforated his lung. The bullet, slowed by a steel eyeglasses case and a copy of a speech, lodged in his rib. Roosevelt insisted on proceeding to the auditorium where 10,000 people were waiting to hear his speech. Mounting the stage he showed the audience his bloody shirt and said:
I have just been shot, but it takes more than that to kill a bull moose.” 
TR then talked for 90 minutes, before finally consenting to be taken to a hospital.

This is the kind of grit I'm talking about. The kind of determination that comes only from knowing that there are struggles ahead, and being ready and prepared to face them. This year, 2015 will not get the best of me. I am ready to take it on, by no strength of my own. My strength comes from the Lord. My help comes from Him, and I am ready to see what's next. 

Let's make 2015 a year remembered not for its struggles, not for its challenges, but for the integrity that we faced them with. Let's come through the fire and let's come out of it with a passion that can only be found deep inside. Let's stop being afraid to take risks, let's stop standing still. 

Grit your teeth, clench your fists, and prepare for battle.