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Our theme for this month: “Resilience”
Our Bible verse for today: “Consider it a great joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you experience various trials, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing.” James 1:2-4 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Overcoming our limitations makes us strong.”
Basic Underwater Demolition School (BUDS) is basic training for Navy SEALS, and it is generally considered to be the toughest military training in the world. Although many important lessons are taught in that training, the most important one, and the lesson that all the others are built upon, is that you are capable of doing much more than you ever thought possible. In BUDS the instructors take the trainees to their breaking points, to the absolute outer edges of what they ever thought themselves capable of doing or enduring, and then they push them past it. Soon the trainees learn that what they thought their limitations were, weren’t really the limits at all. They discover that they were actually capable of doing much more.
That’s also the primary lesson in the great book, “Toughness Training for Life” by James Loehr. In that book Dr. Loehr teaches us how to push past what we thought our limits were. The result is a life that is much more productive and much more successful than we ever thought possible.
Tim Hansel had to learn that lesson too as he struggled with the prospect of lifelong disability and pain as a result of his accident. At one point he asked his doctor how in the world he was supposed to adjust to all the pain and limitations. The doctor’s answer was insightful and priceless, and it changed Tim’s life. He said, “I suggest that you bite the bullet and live to be a hundred … live your life as fully and richly as possible … As far as I can tell, you can do whatever the pain will allow you to do. Bite the bullet and live to be a hundred.”
In James 1:2-4 we learn that we should view our trials as an opportunity to learn, grow, overcome, and to get stronger. Rather than shrinking from your challenges, or worse, running away from them, meet them head-on. Embrace the challenge, wrestle with it, fight with it, find ways to deal with it, and overcome it. The struggle will make you stronger and you will discover in the end that you were capable of doing much more about it than you ever thought possible. That’s how resilient Christians approach tough situations.
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