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Resilience

Perseverance, bounce-back, strength, push-through, staying-power. 

All of those words resemble resilience. 'Resilience in individuals refers to the ability to self-soothe and spring back emotionally after a frustrating, painful or in some other way in which a negative event happened, so we are ready for whatever comes to us next, good or bad' (Pyschology Today). Many serious athletes have it. Let's take Tom Brady for instance. No matter your views about Brady, quarterback for the New England Patriots, who played in this year's Super Bowl (and by the way I'm not for him or against him, my team wasn't in the game), he is a model for resilience. During the Super Bowl game he clearly led his team from the valley to the mountain top. He didn't give up. I watched that game and at one point when his team was down I looked at his face and saw a strong calm. I thought, 'wow, how amazing is that, his team is close to losing this important game and He doesn't seem rattled.' I knew then that he knew the art of resilience and no matter what, he'd be ok. 

That's a great position to be in and any of us can get there. Joshua 1:9 commands us to be strong and courageous, to not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord our God is with us wherever we go. That means we can be calm amidst a raving storm. It doesn't matter what happens, good or bad, we can handle the pressure and not blow up. It takes time and practice, no doubt about that, but resilience can for sure, be continually mastered. And the people who do so are better-able to lead, as well as, positively impact others. They're the ones God can use sooner rather than later. 
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