Footsteps in Faith: Spiritual vigor fuels resiliency

| November 4, 2011 | 0 Comments

Chaplain (Capt.) Jim Mitchem

2nd Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division

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Life is a journey.

The road can be filled with all sorts of bumps and ruts, twists and turns, and misleading pathways.

It is hard, sometimes, to stay focused on the course and stay strong in that journey. Many times, it is easier to give up and just change course to follow an easier path.

The Army Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program says that resiliency “offers strength-based, positive psychology tools to aid Soldiers, leaders and families in their ability to grow and thrive in the face of challenges and bounce back from adversity.”

Can you imagine if your resiliency came from the strength of a promise from God? Well, it does.

God is in control, and he has a plan for my life just as he has a plan for yours. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”

Jeremiah wrote this letter to his fellow Israelites as they were being held in captivity in Babylon. Their future looked dim and all hope was lost. Yet, the prophet proclaimed to them that God is in control, God has a plan and they, like us, should look to the future with a hope.

Jeremiah was not a great man by human standards. He was shy, timid and of small stature. Yet, here he is, in the midst of his nation’s downfall, standing tall and proclaiming a future. His fervent love for God and for his people never wavered, because his resiliency was founded in the strength of God and in his faith in God.

Jeremiah’s commitment to God enabled him, by God’s grace, to overcome all that had been placed before him. He lived courageously in the face of severe opposition and tragic circumstances. His life and his message gave hope to his people.

We can have this hope and strength, too. Jesus promised us, in Matthew 11:28, that if we are tired of carrying our heavy loads, then all we have to do is go to him, and he will give us rest.

Take this week to reflect upon your life. Remember those times when all hope was lost and how something just happened to pull you through. Those were the times when God’s promise came into action. He was carrying you through that difficult time.

It was God giving you his strength, to persevere and bounce back with resiliency.

 

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