The Importance of Resilience

“And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.” - Romans 5:4 
 
 
Perseverance. It is the key that keeps us from giving up when life tempts us to let go. What some might describe as “grit,” and others might describe as stamina, God describes as the ability to endure, hold fast, and press on without letting go.  
 
One writer said, “perseverance is the hard work you do, after the hard work you already did.” Paul said in Romans 5:4, “And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.” Study after study has shown that one of the most important characteristics in us that we should teach a children is resilience. 
 
Nobody goes through life with an unbroken chain of successes. Everybody has failures and mistakes. We all embarrass ourselves. We all have pain. We all have problems. We all have pressures. The people who make it in life are resilient. It is the ability to bounce back. It is the ability to keep going. Tough times don’t last, but tough people do.  
 
Michael Jordan was cut from his high school team for a “lack of skill.” Oprah Winfrey was fired from her job as a reporter because she was “unfit for TV.” Colonel Sanders was rejected by over 1,000 restaurants that refused to sell his chicken. Bill Gates dropped out of Harvard.  
 
It doesn’t matter who you are. At some point in your life, you will fail. You will be rejected. You will lose. It is not a matter of “if,” but “when.” The question isn’t, “Will you fail or will you get knocked down?” The question is, “Will you get back up after falling?”  
 
Those who make it in life, and those who make an impact for Christ are those who are resilient. They are the ones who understand the importance of getting knocked down and coming back again. All throughout Scripture we see examples of normal human beings, just like you and me, failing. But they aren’t just in the Bible to record their failures; for it is how they came back from those failures that changed history. 
 
Your past, what you’ve done, how you’ve failed, or the times you have messed up aren’t the whole story. And it is not the end of the story either. God has a future for you. He has something in mind for you greater than you can imagine. But you won’t find it if you don’t first bounce back. Now, do you understand the importance of resilience?  
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