As you may recall to mind, recently there have been many articles written in this bulletin that have been inspired by a little booklet that I happened to pluck out of the trash. It came from one of our local hospitals and contains a wealth of helpful tips for dealing with difficulty. I suppose the title itself is what caught my attention: God’s Caring in the Everyday. The subtitle was also intriguing: Tips for Curing Soul Fatigue. In this article, I want to highlight another of the practical pointers emphasized in this little booklet-RESILIENCE.
Now, resilience is a big (and somewhat difficult to say) word that simply points to the ability to bounce back. A good example of this quality is the apostle Paul who was beaten many times, put into prisons, stoned, shipwrecked three times, and spent an entire day and night floating around in the deep sea. He found himself in all sorts of perils (danger). He dealt with weariness, painfulness, hunger, thirst, cold, and nakedness. This is a mere paraphrase. You can review the official “list of problems” in II Cor. 11:23-33. The point is that even after he suffered (I Thess. 2:2, Paul just kept on coming. He may have regularly found himself bent, stretched, and compressed (Am. Her. Dict.), but he would not be broken. This is resilience.
Our little guidebook on the subject offers 7 Habits of Resilient People. I will include them followed by a brief personal comment.
Here they are:
1. They live with a sense of purpose-If you don’t know who you are or what you are supposed to do, you will find yourself easily hindered when things don’t go well. Instead of “sticking it out,” you will simply move on to something else. This pattern will repeat itself over and over thru life so long as you have no purpose.
2. They hang out with positive people-Who you hang with does matter! Surround yourself with people who genuinely care about your well-being. How can you tell they care? Do they remain by your side cheering you on regardless?
3. They think long term-Unless you think this way, you will have a very hard time remaining resilient when there are seasons of setback after setback. Constant, instant gratification simply isn’t reality!
4. They find healthy ways to recharge-I like the term revive better. Resilience points to a commitment to regaining what was there previously. There is a refusal to accept one’s current weakened condition.
5. They keep things in perspective-A realistic outlook is essential if we are to be resilient. This is more than just looking at the bright side. Instead, it involves faith in and a focus on God.
6. They quickly forgive themselves and others-There has to be an ability to pick up and move on after mistakes have been made. Things like guilt, shame, bitterness, and hurt may be real issues that you have to recognize and take care of, but having done that you have to go forward!
7. They squelch the negative voices in their heads-You have to have victory in your mind. Fear, worry, regret, discouragement, etc., they all try to set up permanent residence in our minds. You have to determine that you are not going to spend your days allowing such thoughts to be dictators in your mind!
Let’s Bounce Back!
Micah PerryPosted by Pastor Micah Perry on Aug.23, 2017