Resilience is one of the most important characteristics of a true follower of Christ (in my opinion :)). Being resilient means not allowing yourself to be crippled by failure or paralyzed by fear. It means choosing to be strong and carry on despite any previous disappointment.
I personally have had to be be resilient a lot in my life. A lot. It can be difficult to remain optimistic after being let down so many times. But I try my best to accept hardship and/or criticism with grace, and just put one foot in front of the other to keep moving forward. I don’t believe it’s healthy to try to smother or mask any feelings of frustration when things don’t go the way I planned or wanted, but still I retain some semblance of hope, some pocketful of sunshine, despite what rains may come.
The Savior is the ultimate example of someone who was resilient; He either vicariously experienced or felt himself every kind of sorrow, cruelty, sin, and abuse imaginable, and yet He still rose to the occasion (literally!) and reached His glorious potential.
I will rise out these ashes, rise.
From the stubble on the ground
and the trouble I have found
I will rise…
1. When have YOU been resilient and risen out of the ashes?
2. How can you be resilient to any challenges that you might encounter down the road?
Resilience is brilliance.