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"This is what the Lord says: "Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, and ask where the good way is, and walk in it. You will find rest for your soul."
Jeremiah 6:16 NIV

"What Does America Need More of Today? True Grit!"

By Jerry Stewart - Vision Productions  200pxtruegrit It was President John Kennedy who said, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but instead ask what you can do for your country”. But what is it that we must do?

    There’s a lot of talk today, but you don't hear this word much “integrity”. Webster's Dictionary compares integrity to words like “soundness” or “completeness” are “being undivided”. In the old days when a ship or building was strong and solid and dependable it was said to be “sound”, when something is sound it can be counted on to stand firm, no matter what.


    But look inside that word “integrity” and you'll find the word “grit”. A person with true grit is a person with the guts and gumption and faith and sacrifice to stand firm. What does our country ask of us? – Integrity!

 

    And then there's this word “truth”. Some today try to tell us that there are no truths, no absolutes, but our Founding Fathers knew the truth, and with God's help they followed it. Inside that word, truth is the word “rut”. So many today tell us that we are in a rut, following the old ways and ideals, the moral principles and values this nation was built upon - Nothing could be more wrong.

 

    I was recently speaking with a friend who told me an interesting story. He said that when he was a young boy, his dad set out to teach them how to drive. As they carefully drove down the road, the father noticed that his son kept looking to the yellow strips on the sides of the road, and that was the way he guided himself. But as he did that, he continued to swerve from one side of the road to the other.

 

    His father stopped him and lovingly gave him some powerful advice. He said, “Son, as you go down the road, don't use the barriers along the roadside to keep you going straight. Instead, fix on a point ahead of you, focus your eyes on that point and you won't have to worry - you will always go straight – and he did.

     What is it that our country asks of us? To realize that we are one nation, one nation under God, and without God's leadership, we will lose our way, our focus, our direction.    I closed today with these prophetic words from Abraham Lincoln, “America will never be destroyed from the outside; if we falter and lose our freedom it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.