Good Morning, God!
So, imagine, God, yesterday I found 10 tips to become more RESILIENT. I found them in a book called, The Survivors Club: The Secrets and Science that Could Save Your Life by Ben Sherwood. In the book he talks about what Dr. Dennis Charney has to say about becoming more resilient.
As I was coughing and hacking away, I thought — THANK YOU GOD — I need this. The first one 1) is be / or become optimistic. Not OVERLY optimistic — we have to confront reality, but we don’t have to give up our optimism and hope! 2) Identify a Resilient Role Model — choose one who inspires you. Role models are great — they expand our boundaries of what humans can be and do. 3) Develop a moral compass and unbreakable beliefs. Guess what, God. Resilient people find strength in YOU. And having ideals and principles greater than we are, that helps too.
That third point is making me think, God. A few days ago I came across a verse in I Corinthians 14:3 that really helped me understand what Saint Paul meant when he talked about “prophecy”. He clearly says we should desire the Spiritual Gifts, especially PROPHECY. Then in verse 3 he explains what he means by prophecy when he says “But everyone who prophesies speaks to men [and women] for their strengthening, encouragement and comfort”. Wow! Now THAT is what our world needs MORE of, God.
It came to me that when some people get sick or fall on tough times they think YOU are punishing them. Now, that thought does not promote resilience. How much more helpful it would be they were strengthened, encouraged and comforted by their belief in You!
Then 4) is practice altruism. Helping others can help us feel better in tough times. How true is THAT! Hmmm. It looks like tips 5-10 will have to wait for another day. Meanwhile, today God, please help me speak words of encouragement!