Grit Vs Generosity
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“All we ask is all you’ve got.”
I was watching the TV series “American Grit”, a reality show where athletic civilians are put through military grade challenges. The host, John Cena, recites the “All we ask…” phrase frequently to remind contestants that they came to be pushed to their limits and hopefully win some money.
At first hearing, “All we ask is all you’ve got” sounds like a call to “man up” or just be tough enough to push your limits. Yet, when I hear that phrase I don’t think about the “grit” required so much as the generosity.
Are you willing to give every last ounce of your energy, every last second of your time, every last unit of your wealth? There are precious few people for which (or situations in which) we’d be willing to be that generous. We instinctively hold something back for self-preservation and autonomy. However, our new life in Christ allows us to take generosity to the next level.
The nature of life is giving.
I’m reading a book called Run With The Horses by Eugene Peterson. In the third chapter he talks about how generous God is. He gave His son to save us and then He gives us to the world so that we can give His love to others again and again. “…all life is given and must continue to be given to be true to its nature.”
Jesus Christ gave all He had. He was that generous with His love for us.
Generosity is about giving more than is strictly required. It is tough. Many times it feels foolish and risky. Yet, because of Christ’s sacrifice and God’s faithfulness to continually refill us, we are able, as an act of faith, to be amazingly generous with our love, forgiveness, time, money, and energy…in a way that we could never have been before.
Generosity in Running
How do I apply this to running? Well, it’s a matter of how you find the strength and energy to keep going when it gets tough. If you’re struggling through a run or fighting for the finish line, you could picture John Cena yelling at you to “man up”. Sometimes that works, but not all of the time.
Or you could release the energy you’ve preserved in an attitude of generosity, giving all that you have left.“Give it all I’ve got” is a great motivating phrase at the end of a race or in the middle of a rough workout. It is a perspective shift, for sure, but if you believe that you gave it all you had, it is easier to have peace with the results no matter what.
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