Words have tremendous power in our lives. When placed just right they can empower us to continue on. When tossed about carelessly they can add to the discouragement which so permeates our the daily drudge. Affirming words are really important in our family; so I have learned to watch them carefully.
When discouragement comes the words need to be selected because each family member knows the potential of words to haunt, hunt, and hover. Even with this phenomenon, we still find that messages escape our memories. “Hey, check out Planetshakers.” she says. Two weeks later, “Hey, have you ever heard of Planetshakers?” He responds. No one can calculate the best environment for a word to land and implant itself to the plush sides of the brain.
The words, “We can do hard things, has been decorating our kitchen chalk board for a few months. Originally it was to aid our packing up the house for a big move. Then, it was read for encouragement to work-out and lead a good work-out for the women at our church each morning. Then, for job changes. After awhile we didn’t see it.
In one fell swoop the Spirit conveys it crystal clear. A dear friend says to me, “I have seen you rise from the ashes and you will rise again.” A dear friend says to my husband, “We were made for tough”.
Whatever it took we are grateful that these words of resiliency have reinforced our core strength. Who are the people in your life that call out the core strength? Sometimes we can discover those who deplete our core strength quicker than those who aid the development of tough. How about the fact that both those who encourage and those who discourage being helps? Yes, they are the help along the way.
noun: resilience; plural noun: resiliences
the ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape; elasticity.“nylon is excellent in wearability and resilience”
the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.“the often remarkable resilience of so many British institutions”
Psychology Today writes that resilience is our ability to soldier on:“Resilience is that ineffable quality that allows some people to be knocked down by life and come back stronger than ever. Rather than letting failure overcome them and drain their resolve, they find a way to rise from the ashes. Psychologists have identified some of the factors that make someone resilient, among them a positive attitude, optimism, the ability to regulate emotions, and the ability to see failure as a form of helpful feedback. Even after a misfortune, resilient people are blessed with such an outlook that they are able to change course and soldier on.”