Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Are you resilient?

Wow, what an absolutely beautiful day is it out there today. How’s your inner forecast doing?

As I work from home today, thinking about what has happened during this week of vacation for me (son was out of town, smile). I have had some time to reflect on some things. What came up in my spirit was a question. Are you resilient? Are you able to bounce back? Now do you see how God can sometimes deal with me? I am like…hmmm good question. That’s what I love about the Holy Spirit. Just when you think you have conquered some areas of your life you’ve challenges with, the Holy Spirit gives you a mirror to ask and question yourself, basically provoke within you a self-evaluation. Oh, and let’s not forget the people and situations that will come up to test you!

The past few weeks has been a bit challenging for me to say the very least. Its been wonderful to know that my son is away with family having a blast, and its been awesome doing nothing but relaxing…but at the same time…tests, trials, tribulation, adversity, and the such continue, just as life itself. So, in short there has been quite a few things that has troubled me this week. Thankfully, my relationship with GOD, my coping skills, and ability to bounce back kicked into high gear. I definitely haven’t arrived but I am glad to know that trouble don’t last always. Its up to us to choose our attitude, when things do not go according to planned. The attitude we choose will be a direct reflection on the actions we take. In addition to that thought pattern, the serenity prayer helps as well. It doesn’t benefit us to worry over something that we have no control over. It only causes frustration, anxiety, regret, and disappointment, just to name a few.

Being resilient requires effort. We should constantly work on self-evaluation, positive thinking or redirecting your mindset, overcoming objections, forgiveness, being realistic & practical, and inner strength. Surprised? Well, it’s a ongoing learning process that has room for error. No one is perfect. In life there will be ups and downs, but what is your ability to adjust and bounce back? Granted, its only natural to be upset, mad, angry, disappointed and frustrated at times, but the key is NOT to remain there long. Bouncing back is just that, if you fall down just have the courage to get back up, and take another look. Doing the same thing over and over is just insanity.

In these perilous times (2 Timothy 3:1) it’s the our mind set and trickery of the adversary that has people snapping and loosing their minds. So why not take some time out and evaluate ourselves and work on being resilient. Like my father and late Pastor Lonnie White, used to say: Preparation is not a lost of time.

Romans 12:2

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Let’s think on this, and reflect.

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