Pastor and author, Tod Bolsinger writes “Resilience (according to at least one Wismer, is the combination of creativity and adaptability) is about the capacity to maintain core purpose and integrity in the face of dramatic changes or circumstances.” Bolsinger asks: “What do we find crucial when everything around us is disrupted?” Resilience is the fourth core quality of servant leadership. (The other three are Integrity, Humility, and Flexibility.)  Resilience is not an absence of fear, challenges or failures. Servant leaders recognize struggles are real and life is difficult and sometimes very difficult, but God is present – always. An embodied resilience is accepting what you cannot change, adapting to the situation, avoiding comparisons, maintaining hope, focusing on purpose and keeping perspective.  It’s been said, “Resilience is the ability to bounce back, to push through and to press on, based on the truth that God has enabled us to persevere, because God is our ultimate source of strength.”  In whatever challenging situation or difficult circumstance, servant leaders trust God constant presence. Servant leaders realize they are surrounded with a great cloud of witnesses and they are not alone.

Scripture Reading: Hebrews 12:1
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us”

Reflection Questions:
How do you define resilience?
Why is trusting God to help you so essential?
What weight do you need to let go?

Prayer: Holy God, You have taught me to embody what is essential —  faithful living. Let me release whatever is weighing me down. Strengthen my resolve to care for others and sometime today, remind me that I am never alone. Amen.