|Good Morning Everyone,|
Our theme for this month: “Resilience”
Our Bible verse for today: “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” Isaiah 26:3 (NKJV)
Our thought for today: “Visualize it”
In his book, “Toughness Training for Life” Dr. James Loehr writes about a strategy commonly utilized by world class athletes to help them train for peak performance. It’s the training technique called “visualization”. It involves forming a picture in your mind of what it would look and feel like for you to be performing at your very best. Then you rehearse that scene over and over again, deeply embedding it into your subconscious mind. Then you train for that. You train yourself to perform at the level you have visualized in your mind.
Visualization works just as well for average people like you and me. It works especially well when it comes to developing the Biblical virtue of resilience. Here’s how to do it:
Select for yourself several Bible verses that are especially meaningful to you which teach about some aspect of resilience. So far this month I’ve offered your four: Philippians 1:6 “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” Joshua 14:10-11 “Here I am today, eighty-five years old. I am still as strong today as I was the day Moses sent me out. My strength for battle and for daily tasks is now as it was then.” Joshua 24:15 “As for me and my family, we will worship the Lord.” And Isaiah 26:3 “You will keep in perfect peace, him whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.”
Additionally, here’s s sneak peek at a few others which will appear in coming devotionals, 2 Timothy 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear (or timidity), but one of power, love, and sound judgment.” Joshua 1:9 “Haven’t I commanded you; be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” There will be more than twenty others in the days and weeks to come.
Select several of the verses that are most helpful and inspiring to you; write them down and then memorize them, repeating them to yourself over and over again; visualize yourself living and acting in the way described in those verses. Then, when you’re faced with a difficult situation, pause, remember your memory verses about resilience, and ask yourself, “How would I act in this situation if I was at my best?” Then act that way.
Visualization is a helpful and effective strategy to achieve behavior modification and to progressively become the best, most resilient person you can be. Visualize yourself acting the way you would if you were at your best, and then act that way.
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