Grin and Bear It

Getting it done, doing what has to be done,  just doing it 

Persevere and get it done. George Allen

I had to pick myself up and get on with it, do it all over again, only even better this time. Sam Walton

Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go. William Feather

   There are things that must be done. We may not like them, may even hate them, and want to avoid them at all costs. It does not matter; they must be done. Life has many requirements; many of them are not pleasant. We have to take the good with the bad, the pleasant with the unpleasant. Sometimes we have to grin and bear things.

    For some going to the dentist falls into the grin and bear it realm. We would rather do anything than having to endure the dentist. It may be something mundane as cleaning the gutters, taking the trash out or inviting the in-laws over. There are so many things we do not want to do, but they must be done. We can whine, moan and groan; nothing changes; the need is still there. We have to suck it up and just do it.  

     There are situations that have serious connotations and consequences. We sometimes find ourselves having to have interactions with others that make us extremely uncomfortable. If we wreck the car, overdraw the checking account; buy something we should not buy, and other such things we must fess up. These are mess up and fess up issues. Sometimes we wrong someone. We may hurt their feelings, take advantage of them or even perhaps lie to them. This requires us becoming penitent and asking their forgiveness. The issue will not go away until we do so. Sometimes our child has to be disciplined for something they have done. It may be very difficult, but it would be wrong not discipline them. Often we have to confront others for wrongs they have done to us. It would be easier to say or do nothing. It could be a wrong to them as well as us to ignore that it has happened.

     Visiting someone in the hospital or nursing home, or going to the funeral home to pay our respects, can fall into the very tough to do category. For many of us these things fall outside our comfort zone.

     Many such situations and circumstances occur in life requiring us to do things not easy for us to do. There is the temptation to ignore them, procrastinate, or excuse them away. We are less than mature, responsible, and accountable when we fail to step up and do these things. They fall into the grin and bear it category.

 

Challenge:It is good to be able to forgive and forget. It is not good if you lack fortitude to confront challenges that test your courage or character. Whenever you step up and do difficult things you build character and grow maturity. Every time you wilt and avoid uncomfortable tasks you display immaturity or lack of discipline and will power. The more responsible thing may be to take a stand and do what may be very difficult to do.   

 

Wisdom:

Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy. Dale Carnegie 

Spiritual: (NIV)

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7

 

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you. Ps 32:8

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness, and to goodness, knowledge. 2 Pt 1:5

God tells us to that we should have the courage to do the right thing in all circumstances. This is a very tough thing to do in so many circumstances. To be able to grin and bear things sometimes requires us to do more than we think we can do. God knows how difficult these things may be. He is there and is willing to help see us through these difficult circumstances. If we will reach out to him, he will help give us what we need.

 

Prayer: Help me to overcome my doubts and fears. Help me to do what is right.

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