July 7, 2014 by Beth Hess
Many years ago, a prospective employer required an online assessment to determine my suitability for a position with their company. I matched enough of what they were looking for to be offered the job, and during orientation, I had the opportunity to review the results.
I remember nothing of the highest scoring elements. My eyes, instead, focused only on the last one on the list. My biggest weakness as scored by science.
Emotional Resilience. The bounce-back factor.
I couldn’t deny its accuracy.
I tend to give up easily. I throw in the towel when it gets even a little bit hard. I hold on to previous outcomes too long and let it keep me from trying again. I embody my failures. I take things personally.
I’m not as bouncy as I wish I were.
And I find myself in that season again. Facing choices regarding my resilience.
I spent weeks feasting on healthy foods only to throw it away in an instant. Will I recoil? Or rebound?
I’d been in a good pattern of reading and writing and respecting my spiritual needs. But it’s hard with a summer schedule. Will I blame? Or bounce?
The Godly man may trip seven times, but will get up again. But one disaster is enough to overthrow the wicked. (Proverbs 24:16)
So I’m working on my bounciness. My get-up again. My weather-the-storminess. My endurance — on repeat. This is resilience.
I return each Sabbath for a fresh Word of the Week. For the God-breathed pages to come alive in a phrase or two on which to spend a 7-day feast. To meditate upon. To use as a jumping off point for whatever other words God would have me hear during the week. I would love for you to join the Word of the Week (WOW) discussion by adding your selected verse to the comments … or reflections on any scripture reading.
Linking with Unforced Rhythms — a wonderful community of writers who gather each Monday to share with you HERE.