Resilience

Ability to recover, bounce back, take wear and tear, to keep going; stamina; endurance

Man never made any material as resilient as the human spirit. Bern Williams

Endurance is patience concentrated. Thomas Carlyle

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. Confucius

  Resilience implies a lasting endurance and bouncing back through the thick and thin of whatever happens. Not quitting, not giving up and coming back from defeat are all traits that we admire and respect.

   Those that are resilient do not know what it is to give up. As long as there is any breath or fight left in them, they will continue to get back up. We have seen movies where a bully picks a “targeted” victim. Physically the bully overwhelms the smaller guy, but eventually gets worn down because the victim has an indomitable spirit, continues to get back up, always refusing to submit. The victim has a resilient attitude; his toughness of character does not allow him to be defeated. The movie character, Rocky Balboa personifies resilience, as a boxer his resilience is always the difference in allowing him to outlast his bigger and more dominant opponent. People who are resilient do not know how to give up, always get back up when knocked down, and climb under, over or through any obstacle getting in their path. Their inner spirit does not know “defeat”.

   Life seems to reward a resilient attitude. Those that “keep on keeping on” often get where they want to go, or achieve what it is they want to achieve. It is likely, we all know someone who we would describe as resilient. We are aware of their ability to focus and concentrate on their goals and dreams and do what it takes to accomplish them. In sports it is often the most resilient team that wins the game because they are able to outlast their opponent who often runs out of steam. Wars have been won by the “underdog” often because of the resiliency factor. It could be said that one of the reasons American won their independence from Great Britain was because of the resilience factor. The colonists did not know what it was to quit or give up. An old advertising slogan for Timex watches says it well; “takes a licking and keeps on ticking”.

   By resolving to be resilient as we approach life tough issues, we will be more successful and have more victories. Sometimes all we need to do is to hang on a little longer or give it another “shot” and we will succeed.  It is never over until it is over. Be more resilient and have more victories.

Challenge:  Have a good visual image of what resilience means to you. Bring it to mind whenever you need to be inspired to keep on going. Use it to fortify your spirit and empower you to find additional will power and energy. Your success may only be a small distance away. Do not let it get away from you. Replay past personal successes where resilience made all the difference. Use past successes to inspire future victories.

Wisdom: Iam not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship. Louisa May Alcott

Spiritual: (NIV):

I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. I Timothy 6:11

You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours. Psalm 128:2

Life can be described as an endurance test. We will face trials and tribulations throughout life. All the things that happen test our character, making us weaker or stronger depending upon how we respond. In our own strength and power we are always limited to how well we respond. With God’s help, our ability to be resilient will be strengthened and increasingly made more powerful to withstand all the tests of life. He is always there to help us.

Prayer:   Help me to be resilient. Grant me the strength to endure, refusing to quit, and to keep on going.

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