Weekly message from Cypress Church: Resilience is a choice

Philippians 3:13-14 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
 
This coronavirus crisis has given way to one disappointment after another. It’s disappointing not to be able to go shopping, finding items at the store you used to get, not being able to enjoy our favorite sports or entertainment, not being able to socialize or to be limited in where we can go. It is actually a bit upsetting and certainly not fun! It’s disappointing to change the way we do work, school, and church. It has been very disappointing to alter wedding plans, memorial services, parties, and graduations. As I write this, our local high school is doing a graduation parade with horns honking and people lining the streets with congratulatory signs, balloons and noise makers. It was wonderful as our city stepped up to honor these graduates. But also sad in that these graduates don’t get to experience the pomp and circumstance of a graduation ceremony, or a prom, or all the fun senior events. It’s disappointing. Yet, so many of these soon-to-be young adults are not letting these disappointments alter their lives. They have chosen resilience. To be resilient is to recover quickly from difficulties.
 
Resilience reminds me of my son, Josh. Josh loved soccer as a young boy and was fast and bit aggressive, so he got knocked down… a lot. It was frustrating and hugely disappointing, but through some coaching, Josh chose to be resilient. Every time he got knocked down, he bounced right back up and pressed on.
 
Resilience is a choice. It’s a choice to process our feelings about disappointments, difficulties, hard times, and struggles which all take an emotional toll. So, it’s good to process those feelings with God.
 
1 Peter 5:7 casting all your anxieties on Him (Jesus), because He cares for you.
 
Then to press on. A great word picture from the Bible is the phrase ‘Gird up your loins.’
 
Job 38:3 Dress for action like a man;I will question you, and you make it known to me.
 
The words ‘dressed for action’ are literally the words “gird up your loins”. It means to hike up your tunic and tuck it around your waist so you are prepared for action.
 
1 Peter 1:13 Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
 
It’s the challenge to choose resilience. When we get knocked down, we get up and get at it.
 
What has knocked you down? What disappointments have you faced? Sure, process through all the feelings like loss and hurt and pain and frustration and give them to the Lord. As well, look at what can be learned. Maybe God is saying something to you. This might require a coach or mentor or counselor. Then either go at it again with the new knowledge or take a different route. That’s being resilient. See, resilience is a choice. Staying down when knocked down or doing nothing so we won’t ever be disappointed does nothing and puts us in an even greater cycle of disappointment. Maybe it’s time to choose resilience.
 
Church can be a place to hear from God as we seek resilience. Though we can’t meet for in-person gatherings we do have resources that can help. One new resource is a section on our website Revive your soul this week.” Housed here are a number of links to videos, emails, posts, and publications for learning that will revive your soul. These resources also help give greater insight to our Sunday teachings. Every Sunday we learn from the Bible and seek to know God more. Here is the link to our live-streaming services (see live.neighborhoodchurch.com)  As well, if you would like to view any of our past worship gatherings visit our YouTube channel.
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