Resolve to be resilient

Good Morning Everyone,
 
Our theme for this month: “Resilience”
 
Our Bible verse for today: “Let us not get tired of doing good, for we will reap at the proper time if we don’t give up.” Galatians 6:9 (CSB)
 
Our thought for today: “Resolve to be resilient”
 
As we’ve learned over these last two months, a resilient Christian is one who doesn’t just survive, but thrives. More than just persevering and pushing on, a resilient Christian embraces life with joy and enthusiasm and lives well in both the good times and in bad, when things are easy and when they are tough. But becoming resilient and staying that way doesn’t just happen. It requires intentionality and discipline. You have to want it and you have to work for it.
 
We’ve covered a lot of ground in these two months in our study of resilience and it could seem a bit overwhelming, but there are really just a few basic principles underlying the concept of being a resilient person. Do your best; don’t give-up; stay focused on the Lord and His agenda; live with enthusiasm and gusto; look for joy, and share the joy; take care of yourself; and … thrive.
 
One of the ways to become and stay resilient is to do a deeper study of living the resilient life. Over these two months I have referred to and recommended some of the books that I’ve personally found helpful. Any or all of them would be well worth your time to read. Here’s a short list to choose from:
 
“Resilience” by Eric Greitens; “Toughness Training for Life” by James Loehr; “You Gotta Keep Dancin” and “Holy Sweat” by Tim Hansel; “The Traveler’s Gift” by Andy Andrews; “If You Want to Walk On Water You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat” by John Ortberg; “A Resilient Life” by Gordon MacDonald; “Living with no Excuses” by Noah Galloway; and “Fortitude” by Dan Grenshaw.
 
We’re living in difficult times right now. We’re all concerned about the things taking place in our nation culturally, politically, economically, and health-wise in terms of the pandemic. Although being engaged in the issues of our day is important – even essential and Biblical – the most important thing we as Christians can do, and the thing that will help the most in the long run, is to be strong in the Lord and to stay focused on His kingdom-building agenda. As Billy Graham once wrote, “The greatest roadblock to Satan’s work is the Christian who, above all else, lives for God, walks with integrity, is filled with the Spirit, and is obedient to God’s truth.”
 
Now more than ever we need resilient Christians. I encourage you to be one of them.
 
God Bless,
Pastor Jim
 
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