Why your blessings have power
As you bless people with all seven blessings in the SYNC annual cycle, you build their security and significance. Each seasonal declaration is actually a blessing because each one breaks the power of some common cultural beliefs that make us insecure and insignificant.
Below is a sample of how this works during Grit Season.
Caution: Don't get lost in the details. This is not an exam. It's a route to a very satisfying life!
How Grit Season blessings show that heaven's power is working on earth
The Grit Declaration, which you use as a blessing
This is a day to carry our cross, and we keep going.
What it means
Astonishingly, when people live in Christ's freedom, show his power, share his forgiveness, and do good in his name, they often hit stiff social and/or political opposition. They are seen as threats, misfits, or traitors. The New Testament is full of instructions about how to deal with opposition as a normal fact of life in Christ. We bless others by coming alongside them as they suffer and by affirming that "we" (they and we together) keep going anyway. The steel of Jesus' Spirit gets into us. He does not give up on the mission, and neither do we.
How the Declaration brings security and significance
Jesus gave us all the warning, the example, and the internal strength we need to endure. In times of persecution, our endurance is our significance. We do not have the strength to endure this, so if we keep going, it must be by his strength not ours. And that means he is alive. It is not his ideas or his teaching that get us through. It is him!
Responses in our character Grit (courage and endurance). Our natural inclination is to give up when the pressures are too great. In Christ we learn to trust his strength. Somehow we find that we are holding on even when we cannot hold on any more.
The sneaky cultural assumption that the Grit Declaration exposes
Safety and security for me and my family are more valuable than anything.
Truth in the assumption
If you love your family, their safety and security are very important to you.
God’s corrections to the assumption
Even safety and security have to be given up sometimes. Jesus gave them up for the sake of his mission when the time came, and we are to do the same.
The philosophical lie God exposes
The lie is, "If you trust God and do good things, you should expect that life will go well and comfortably for you. If that does not happen, God has let you down. Don't trust him any more."
The insecurity and suffering the lie brings if not exposed
Loss of faith when life gets difficult; justification of any force used to maintain the good life