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Friday, March 4, 2016

Think About It

by Pastor B.J. Knefley

How resilient are you? Do you bounce back well after bad events happen? Are you a half-empty or half-full type of person? Can you look past the potential problem and see hope, or do you only see what’s immediately in front of you? How you answer can determine how resilient you actually are.

Resiliency has to do with the ability of something to return to its original shape after it has been pulled, stretched, press or bent. It can also be understood as having that ability to recover readily from illness, depression, adversity or trials. Some have it, some don’t.

Being resilient is not without struggle or doubt. Just because a person is resilient doesn’t mean that it’s easy. We’re not born with it; it must be learned and practiced. One more often sees a bigger picture then just the immediate situation. From that position they’re able to see purpose, hope, and exercise endurance that takes them through to the end. Resiliency is extremely important in any recovery process. It takes us out of our comfort zones and into new experiences, which may or may not be pleasant.

Sadly, many don’t seem to have the ability or desire to push through their problems. I don’t know if it’s the age that we live in or if something else is going on, but people give up to quickly. There is a sense of hopelessness that people carry. Rather than an attitude of “I think I can”, some struggle with, “I think I can’t”. Defeat comes even before they tried because in their mind, they’ve already given up.

Ultimately, resiliency is connected to a greater sense of purpose. We have to practice it and believe it. Life can be hard. Bad things can happen to us. But if we wallow in self-pity and degradation nothing will change. Remember, it may not be your fault that you’re down, but it is your fault if you don’t get back up and try again. Think about it.

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