Do you remember the u turns that we have talked about in the past? Well, nothing has changed. Whether it’s food or just life in general, you have a couple of options. You can beat yourself up, maybe even lay the blame on someone or something else and give up OR you can take a deep breath, ask for forgiveness if needed, make a u turn and try to do better.
On any given day, you can look around and see people who have chosen one way or the other. Since not a single one of us are perfect, even though you might want to think so now and then, that includes pretty well everyone you know! Those who have taken the first option may have become skeptical, bitter, depressed and negative and turn to food, alcohol, drugs or other crutches to get by. None of which work.
On the other hand, those who are resilient, have made that u turn and put the set back behind them. They are now free to move forward, rather than being bound by guilt or the feeling of being a failure.
It’s a fresh start and a new attitude. When you make a mistake, you make a u turn. When you make the same mistake over and over, you’ve made a choice. What will you do?
In His light,
The Daniel Plan
“I am God, your God, who teaches you how to live right and well.” —Isaiah 48:17 MSG
Resilience means that no matter what our circumstances are, we are able to begin afresh and try again.
If we haven’t eaten well for breakfast, we begin anew at lunch.
If we’ve made a choice we regret, we reframe our thinking and start with a new choice the next day.
To be resilient like this, we need to cultivate acceptance, letting go of control over the past. It happened; now we move on.
No matter what happens to us at home, in the workplace, or in a relationship, we can learn to use challenges as opportunities to grow, to increase our awareness, to discover new methods to move ahead.
Setbacks are inevitable, disappointments and failures happen, but what defines us is how we respond to setbacks. Henry Ford said, “Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.”
Resilience relies on cultivating a flexible, open heart to God, seeing the many choices we have for moving forward. When a mistake happens, resilience jumps to, “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” (Hebrews 4:16 NIV).
Food for Thought: When a setback happens, a resilient heart asks God for a fresh take on what’s going on, a fresh measure of grace, of love, and of power to take the next step.