Welcome to The Glory of the Grind blog. The “grind” of this blog is the routine and laboriousness of everyday life. Since this life is carried on in a fallen world and among sinful people, it often results in crushing (grinding) ordeals of affliction and pain. So life in this world is both a grind and a grinding experience for us.
However, that is not all that life is. In the coming of Jesus Christ, the kingdom of God has burst onto the scene so that believers in Jesus also experience kingdom life – glory and grace – in the midst of the grind. This gives significance to the grinding times but it also creates an ongoing tension for believers who try to live out citizenship in two worlds simultaneously – life in this present world and life in the world of kingdom realities. Since we cannot opt out of this world, we need to learn to live out the kingdom realities in the midst of the grind. George Herbert, poet and pastor of the early 1600’s, captured something of this tension when he described our situation as living betwixt this world and that of grace.
The goal of this blog is to reflect on this tension and how it plays itself out in various arenas and situations of life. Hopefully the result will be that we all will become a little better at seeing the glory of the grind. So welcome to these reflections – feel free to add your own.
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I hope to blog weekly and look forward to hearing what you think as you pursue the glory of the grind.