My sister-in-law from Chicago taught my niece and nephews to call me “Aunt Scarlett”. Being raised in Atlanta, you were considered a Georgia Peach, a Southern Belle … and the fact my last name was “Belle Isle” added to the stereotype. I enjoy being Southern … the gentile way of life, the courteous speech, the hospitality and the way the men treat the ladies. It is a sign of respect to be called “ma’am” and “sir”, to open doors for ladies and the elderly, to remove your hat in a woman’s presence or stand when she enters the room. I think in today’s hustle and bustle, we have lost so much and I believe the lack of respect for others stems from our lack of respect for ourselves, which is simply disrespect of God, the creator. It is funny to me that the ‘spell check’ wants me to change my word ‘ladies’ to ‘women’. Even the computer wants to do away with gentile-ness.
As Christian parents we need to raise our children in the gentleness of the Lord; teaching them respect for others and themselves. We have to teach them to respect God first though. To do this we need to understand all that He gives us. We need to get down to the basics, the nitty-GRITS-y. With that in mind I would like to submit for your consideration another meaning for the acronym G.R.I.T.S:
Grace – God’s grace is sufficient. Teach a child this truth and they have security for a lifetime.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.”
Righteousness – God’s righteousness is infallible; you cannot hedge on righteousness. Things are righteous, or they are not. There is light or there is darkness. There is right and there is wrong. Teach a child that and they have integrity and wisdom to take them through their life.
Intercessor = God gave us the Holy Spirit as a guide and Jesus as our High Priest. You need nothing else. Once you teach them this truth, they can face life’s circumstances in His Power, not their own.
Talents – Everything they have is from God. Just as they are God’s gift to you, your children need to be taught they all their talents, spiritual gifts, material processions …. everything they have in this life, is from God!We are stewards, raise them to be stewards. When they learn this truth they will allow God to be in control of their life with no strings attached. Take care of what He gives you and give back your first fruits.
Salvation – God sent His son … a gift of salvation given freely. When you lead your children in the ways of the Lord and teach them about Jesus, you have not only given them a lifetime of truth and guidance, you have given them eternal life.
I am a G.R.I.T.S. girl and proud of it and I pray that God uses me in my husband, children, and grandchildren’s lives. May I be used as well to all those I come across, as an example of God’s G.R.I.T.S. of spiritual living.