|Good morning everyone,|
Our theme for this month: “Resilience”
Our Bible verse for today: “I the Lord do not change.” Malachi 3:6 (NIV)
Our thought for today: “The future belongs to those who refuse to quit.”
One of the most reassuring aspects of the character of God is that He does not change. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. The constancy and the consistency of God is a source of stability and comfort for us.
Like God, we too should be constantly and consistently dependable. We’re not unchanging like God is because we aren’t perfect like God is, therefore we do need to be constantly growing, maturing, and improving. But still, we should be like God in our consistency and dependability. As a resilient Christian people should know they can count on you to be where you’re supposed to be, doing what you’re supposed to be doing, and that you won’t quit or give-up just because the going gets a little tough.
Throughout the two months of this study, I’ve noted repeatedly that resilience is more than simple perseverance. But although that’s true, it’s also true that resilience is rooted in perseverance; resilience begins with and grows out of a firm resolve to stick with the thing, to lean into it, and to push through it without giving up. Resilient Christians are the ones who are still there doing what needs to be done long after others have stopped.
The way we do that is to stay focused on the task in front of us and not worry about what others are or aren’t doing, and by not allowing ourselves to be distracted by other issues whose time is not now. There will be time later to deal with other things. For the moment it’s the thing in front of you that merits your full attention. There’s great power in focus. A laser beam is just light that is no longer diffused but is instead intensely focused. The diffused light is scattered and harmless. The focused light will cut through steel. Resilient Christians have the discipline to focus and to see the thing through to completion.
It really is true that the future belongs to those who refuse to quit. Our nation, our churches, and our families need resilient Christians who are focused and dependable, and who won’t give up.
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