What does that means for us in the church? It means we can do well to stress the lessons around grit that are taught in the gospel. In fact, it’s no stretch: Jesus was all about facing adversity and carrying on. He chose as his closest companions people who weren’t getting A-pluses in society, and they became great leaders in their own right. In fact, the power of perservance – the ability to restart, the faith to face a challenge – is one of the main lessons we get from the gospel. In church and at home, we can even talk about our personal experiences with failure and what we learned from it. Because the true test of strong leaders is not the ability to savour victory, but to soar again after a loss. That is the lesson of faith. And it is in our hands to teach it.
If you want to read more about the book, here’s an article that ran a couple weeks ago in the Globe and Mail: