While reading day two of “Grit Don’t Quit: A 5-Day Devotional for Developing Resilience and Faith When Giving Up Isn’t an Option,” I pondered the various challenges I, like most people, face at any given time. You know, like that day when you are so exhausted that you can’t think, or those times when life challenges feel so GIGANTIC that you can see your way around them. It is at that “life point” where, among the choices to be made, our true strength lies in the decision to be resilient and that giving up or quitting IS NOT AN OPTION..
Resilience is the unwavering ability to weather life’s storms, bounce back from adversity, and thrive despite challenging circumstances. It builds confidence and enables us to be mindful and in the present in our actions (Hart, 2023). It’s a quality we all aspire to possess, but often, we find ourselves wondering how to cultivate it. The answer lies in the triumvirate of Perspective, Pivot, and Purpose.
Perspective is the foundation of resilience. It involves assessing the reality of a situation with clarity and objectivity. In times of crisis, it’s essential to acknowledge the truth of our circumstances, no matter how daunting they may seem. Proverbs 14:15 (NIV) reminds us, “The simple believe anything, but the prudent give thought to their steps.” By evaluating our situation, we gain the wisdom to make informed decisions and face challenges head-on.
Pivot signifies our ability to adapt and respond effectively. When obstacles arise, we can either scale them, go through them, knock them down, or go around them. This flexibility ensures that we don’t become paralyzed by setbacks but instead find creative solutions. As Isaiah 43:19 (NIV) states, “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” We must have the faith and determination to forge new paths when needed.
Purpose provides the fuel for resilience. It’s our ‘why,’ ‘how,’ and ‘win.’ Having a clear sense of purpose empowers us to endure hardships, knowing that our efforts are leading to something meaningful. Philippians 3:13-14 (NIV) reminds us to “press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called [us] heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
In my final thoughts, I would just offer that resilience is a harmonious blend of Perspective, Pivot, and Purpose. I draw inspiration, instruction, and insight from biblical foundations that help me navigate life’s challenges with strength and sometimes grace so that when I am faced with a storm, because they will come, the only viable choice is don’t give up, don’t quit!
Hart, A. E. (2023). Building resilience when life throws you a curveball. Indiana Lawyer, 34(11), 10–17.