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 that 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.Romans 3:9b-12 “There is no one righteous, not even one; 11 there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God. 12 All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.”
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.Hebrews 4:14 “Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let hold fast our confession.” 1 Timothy 2:5 “For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus…”
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 …. EVERY thing 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.Psalm 24:1 “The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.” Deuteronomy 26:1-15 First Fruits; tithe.
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.John 3:15-21 “15 that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.” 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.”
I am a G.R.I.T.S. girl and proud of it and I pray that God uses me in my husband, children, grandchildren’s lives, as well as all those I come across, as an example of God’s G.R.I.T.S. of spiritual living.