Devotional for Friday January 1st

Good Morning Everyone,
 
Our theme for this month: “Resilience”
 
Our Bible verse for today: “I am sure of this, that he who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6 (CSB)
 
Our thought for today: “Be resilient”
 
The attribute of resilience is a close cousin to the attribute of perseverance. And yet, it’s more than that. To persevere in something means to persist without giving up. It means that you lean into it and push through the issue or situation and you keep at it until you’ve achieved the objective. It has a lot to do with striving and enduring, and it’s an admirable quality for a person to have. In fact, it’s Biblical.
 
Resilience, however, is more than merely sticking with something and not giving up. It is that, but it’s also more. Resilient people have the ability to thrive and grow as they persevere. A resilient person does lean into hardship and keeps pressing forward without giving up, but that person also learns and grows and becomes stronger, tougher, and better as a result of the experience. A resilient person has the ability to recover quickly from difficulty and setbacks.
 
Synonyms for resilience include words like flexibility, pliability, adaptability, and rebounding. Interestingly, when used to describe a person, “Rodale’s Synonym Finder” also includes descriptive terms like buoyant, irrepressible, jaunty, lighthearted, breezy, perky, carefree, and cheerful. (This is sounding a lot like victory in Jesus). Our goal as Christians is not to just get through the tough times of life, but to thrive as we do so.
 
All this month we’re going to consider the attribute of resilience. We will explore the character traits that combine to make a person resilient; we will consider what resilience looks like in actual day-to-day life; and we will talk about actions we can take and disciplines we can develop in order to become more resilient individuals.
 
As Paul tells us in Philippians 1:6, God is in the process of developing us into the persons He wants us to be. We aren’t supposed to simply endure the days of our life and the experiences we have, we’re to enjoy them, learn from them, grow from them, and thrive. We’re to be resilient people.
 
God Bless,
Pastor Jim
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