I didn’t know W. T. Grace well, but I wish I could have. He was my step-grandpa, and I’m told he had a million ideas. Some of them were terrible, but some were wicked-good. He was also a cattleman, so he would have lots of specific bits of knowledge and experience that I could use.
I think that he and I would have been great friends if we had lived at the same time. We share not only a relentless supply of ideas, but also the determination to see them brought to life. That’s where I’m sure he would out-do me. Men of his generation knew hardship and could press on through things that would send towels flying in from my generation.
There’s also a bit less Texan and more engineer in me. I’m “constructively lazy”, as one of my college professors once said. What I lack in grit, I make up for with creative problem-solving. So, I’ve started identifying tasks, anticipating problems and developing solutions in advance. There will still be hard work, and I’ll still want to quit. In fact, I’m certain that I will come to the end of my own resources – both grit and creativity.
One big difference between me and W. T. is our source of strength. I know my own strength is limited, and I do not plan to rely on it. If I do this, it will be because I think God is leading me. If He is leading me, then I can rely on His strength. Problem anticipated – solution identified.