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 just have to be done. We may not like them, even hate them, wanting to avoid them at all costs. It does not matter; they must be done. Life has many requirements; many of them are unpleasant. We have to take the good with the bad, the pleasant with the unpleasant. Sometimes we have to grin it and bear it.
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 may be many things we do not want to do, but must be done. We can whine, moan and groan; nothing changes; the need does not go away. We have to suck it up and 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 becoming penitent and asking for forgiveness. The issue will not go away until we do what needs doing. Our child may need disciplining for something they have done. It may be very difficult, but it would be wrong not discipline them. Often we must confront others for wrongs they may have done to us. It may be easier to say or do nothing. It could be a wrong to them as well as to us if we just 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 tough to do category. For many of us these type of things fall outside our comfort zone.
Many such situations and circumstances occur in life requiring us to do things not so 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 these difficult things you build character and grow maturity. Every time you wilt and avoid uncomfortable tasks you display immaturity, lack of discipline and will power. The more responsible thing is to take a stand with yourself and do what may be very difficult to do.
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 give us the strength we may need.
Prayer: Help me to overcome my doubts and fears. Help me to do what is right