After 15 seasons in the NFL, Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten recently announced his retirement.

Watching his press conference, I couldn’t help but get a little choked up.

Jason was never super flashy or lightning fast, but he was always prepared. He played hard, week after week, season after season, throughout his entire career. In the end, he finished fourth all-time in career receptions. He is a shoe-in first ballot Hall of Famer.

Jason’s Secret to Success

In his retirement speech, Jason revealed that there were no silver bullets, no magic formulas, and no shortcuts to success. He said the “secret was in the dirt,” referring to doing things the right way consistently day-in and day-out.

I couldn’t help but think, What if we applied Jason’s gritty mindset to our own walk with Jesus?

In our walk, it’s not about being flashy. It’s about being consistent and available on a daily basis for God to use. He can use us right where we are – if we’re open to Him.

The secret is in the dirt. Or in the G.R.I.T.:

  • G – GIVE our lives completely to God (Matthew 6:33)
  • R – READ His word daily (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
  • I – Be INTENTIONAL in our walk (Deuteronomy 6:5-9)
  • T – TELL others (Matthew 28:19-20)

Time to Get Dirty

If you are looking for a way to demonstrate true G.R.I.T., there’s a wonderful opportunity with the Dallas / Fort Worth Technology Prayer Breakfast.

The event – scheduled this year for Oct. 5 at the Irving Convention Center – draws thousands who are looking for a way to know Christ and make Him known.

Consider becoming a table host, volunteering, or becoming a corporate partner. To get started, text PRAYER to 77007 for updates on this year’s event.

God can use you if you are willing to get your uniform dirty! #DFWTechPB #FaithatWork

Matt Harrington is the volunteer team chair for the Dallas / Fort Worth Technology Prayer Breakfast.