A grit greeting
Using the Grit Declaration as a two-part special greeting
First speaker: "This is a day to carry our cross."
Reply: "And we keep going!"
Together (if appropriate): "Give us endurance as we carry our cross. See us through, prove us true just like you."
As you use the greeting, remember that our "cross" is not our routine pains or difficulties. It is the pains and difficulties that only hit us because we are faithfully carrying out our God-given assignment in life.
Greetings at home
1. Say it to yourself and/or your spouse when you wake up
2. A parent may say it as a child is leaving for school or going out with friends. Try it as an improvement on the basic, "Have fun," "Be good," or "Have you got your lunch?"
3. At breakfast a parent may say the first half ("This is a day to carry our cross,") and let the child say the second half ("And we keep going.")
Greet/chant as a team
The Grit Declaration unifies any team or group that says it together. It is like the shout that a sports team gives when they put their hands all together before they go out to start the game. You may also want to use the Grit Prayer with the Declaration.
Part of the feeling of unity comes from knowing what to say. When the coach or team leader says the first half of the Declaration, an outsider would not know how to finish it, but the insiders all do. They belt it out.
Group members may also use it as a greeting any time they see each other outside the group. It reminds them of the whole group, and that is an empowering thought.
Why use it?
The Grit Declaration and/or the Grit Prayer give us a secure identity and make us grateful for it.
The Declaration sets the tone for our day. Whatever else may happen in this day, however great or awful, must happen in light of this rock-solid truth--that Jesus showed us how to carry a cross, how to lay down our lives for our part in God's work.
The Declaration makes one thing crystal clear. When there is a choice between our God-given assignment in life and our comfort zone, we stick with the assignment every time and at any price.
People who overhear you using this special greeting may wonder if you are using some kind of code, and in a way, you are. It is your way of helping each other keep in SYNC with Christ, which is your shared project.