Why Is Resilience So Important?

Why is Resilience so Important? Why is life so hard?  Why, even when we set goals and take extraordinary care to prepare for unexpected bumps in the road, why then are we left feeling completely destroyed when it all falls apart?

Perhaps it is a scholarship that was needed in order to obtain the right degree. Missed it by a hair.  Or maybe the plans with that ‘perfect person” suddenly dissolved with no more than “I don’t think marriage is right for me at this time.”  Or perhaps it’s your junior year in high school, your family transfers to another state, and your anxiety and disappointment are dismissed with a “you’re young, you will adjust.” 

Name it, we all suffer losses that change our plans, burst our bubble, dissolve us into a blob of tears, despair, hopelessness, completely devoid of purpose, direction, and even the will to go forward.

Enter resilience. Actually, we have been developing this spirit of resilience – of bouncing back – and even bouncing back stronger than ever – throughout our lives to some degree. There may be a lull, a time of weeping and despair, a poor me period, and, with some, even a depression that may need professional care. The hurt is real. The pain is excruciating. Now is the time – the time to nourish that little sprout of resilience.

What is Resilience?

Psychologists define resilience as the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, unforgiveness, or other significant sources of stress.  It may include irrational fear. 

Recovery must include analyzing the loss, developing a plan of survival, and developing a pathway not only of recovery but of a soaring spirit. We recognize the capacity for renewal that we have when we commit our lives to God. 

This is not to downplay the enormity of your hurt, your loss, or your setback.  It is just to remind you that you have the gift of resilience within – and have been developing it all your life.  

How to Be Resilient

Being resilient when recovering from a loss, a defeat, a debilitating injury, or a relationship gone south, has formed you into a person with a stronger character than you may realize.  

Having experienced this, we are more ready to face the storms, and take a few risks in our careers or relationships, while relying on that inner strength.  And because we no longer live in constant and debilitating fear, we step forward to a higher plane, a place of reward.

3 Ways to Increase Resilience in Your Life

  1. Give yourself time following a painful blow to withdraw and rest, determine the depth of your loss, have a good cry, seek counseling, exercise, and eat well. Get rested, cleaned up, and rearranged. Then develop a plan, seek other options, and quit beating yourself up. 
  1. This is a spiritual problem. You are a spiritual vessel. You have been attacked in a weak area of your person. Ask God to point out where you may need to forgive someone, and where you may need to make major changes in your life’s pathway. Take the time to invite him into every area of your life. 

Be open to renewal, a change of plans, and perhaps a change in your spiritual life that will include receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Therein lies the power of optimal resilience – a whole new lifestyle and purpose. And it is there that deep joy, forgiveness, and fellowship are found.

  1. So, what determines the level of our ability to not only survive a crisis but to soar higher with resilience?

Do we face failure, loss, and the change in direction with fear?  Or do we draw upon our faith?  Jesus is the answer.

 The Bible is filled with true stories of men and women who faced similar challenges. Jesus steps in and, with him as their helper, the ability to turn their diminishment and sorrow into a purposeful plan, filled with strength and promise, began to soar. 

Resilience, buoyed by our faith, adds joy and purpose to our lives. Philippians 1:6: “Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”  What a promise – for all eternity. 

If you would like to find this faith in Jesus Christ, we invite you to watch the GREAT NEWS FOR YOU Video on this page.

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If this video connected with you in some way, and you’d like to find out more about having a relationship with God and how His forgiveness and grace applies to you, a great place to start is praying the prayer below. The words themselves aren’t magic, but if you earnestly pray them and mean them, God will hear you! He’ll help you in ways you don’t understand, and we’ll help you find support and next steps.

The Prayer

Jesus, I don't know You, and I don't know what Your plan is for me. But thank you for coming to die in my place. I'm sorry for anything I've ever done wrong in my life. I don't understand how You could ever forgive me, but if You really would, I would like to accept your free gift of grace and complete forgiveness. Please come into my life and take control, and help me trust You. In Jesus' name I pray,

Amen.

Did you pray this prayer?

So Now What?

If you really meant that prayer, the next step is to get you connected with other Christ-followers near you so you can grow, learn and become stronger in your faith.

Click the CONNECT NOW button below to find a group of believers who can help you establish that relationship with God that you’ve only just begun.

God loves you – specifically you! And because He does, you have a bright future! Trust Him to help you find it.

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