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Sports Spectrum Daily Devotional: Monday, June 8

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” — Joshua 1:9

Resilience

With so many people experiencing the twists, turns and transitions life’s journey presents them, it is vital for individuals to actively demonstrate a spirit of resilience. Not everyone will unswervingly stand for righteousness, integrity and God-honoring respect, but a person of resilience will, even if attacks are coming their way.

Resilience is best displayed when a person is following God’s plan, purpose and path even though opposition seeks to dismantle their environment, relationships, God-honoring goals and faith. Despite the shifts, schemes and distractions that one has to deal with on a daily basis, resilience serves as the foundational trust in God’s promises coming to pass in a believer’s life despite the obstacles they currently face.

For the person who aims to live a life of resilience, as well as being a determined follower of Jesus Christ, don’t be surprised when some people express their discomfort around you because of who you are believing to come through for you. There are some people who don’t display the patience, fortitude and determination resilience requires, and because of that the resilient person might experience mocking, hate and ridicule.

Despite what is going on in or around you, remain resilient in what God has called you to accomplish and the race He has you on. The days might be long and the nights might seem unbearable, but focusing on the One who is able to perfect all that concerns you is worthy of your resilient trust.

During the moments of life when you feel tired, weary and uncertain, that is when one’s resilience in Christ is paramount.

God’s Word reveals several accounts in Scripture of individuals who maintained resilience during some of the most the challenging battles and obstacles of life. Those who resiliently stood in faith despite what was happening to them witnessed God’s power and strength in their lives. God is no respecter of persons, and don’t think for one second that He will not come through for you.

People might scorn and scoff at your God-honoring efforts, and this could possibly take place on your job, within your family, in your relationships, or even in your classrooms, but never let that stop you from living a life of resilience.

No matter the assignment God has you on or your current location, don’t give up. Although things are hard and people appear to not be able to relate with you, your God-honoring resilience and life of integrity is impacting more people than you’ll ever know.

So never forget that your resilience in Christ is never in vain.

Remain resilient in your calling. Remain resilient in your God-given roles. Remain resilient in your feelings of weariness. Remain resilient when giving up appears to be the most comfortable option. Remain resilient when no one acknowledges you.

Maintain your faith as you exercise resilience and remember Hebrews 11:6: “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.”

Be encouraged, bold and remain resilient.

— Dr. Kennetra A. Bryant

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