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CHAPLAIN’S CORNER - Spiritual resiliency fosters strength

By William Townsend | DIRECTOR OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION | July 14, 2017

     There was a boxer who worked with his manager on strategies to win an upcoming fight. He lost. After­ward, his manager asked why he did not use the strate­gies they worked on.

     The boxer replied, “All my plans went out the window when I started getting hit in the face.” Although we may not be in the ring, we do still take the punches in our dai­ly lives and no matter how well we plan, we may not be able to use those plans. But you and I can survive the tough times.

     You don’t have to be in the military or have been deployed to a war zone to know what it feels like to be in a war. For some people, life feels like a battlefield and they’re constantly engaged in conflict or fighting, whether that’s at work, at school or at home.

     For some folks, the war they fight is within them­selves, battling addiction, battling criticism, negativity and fear. You’ve heard it said that some people are their own worst enemy. Spiritual resiliency is the ability to exercise your faith on a daily basis. It’s not waiting for something to happen but preparing to be well-ground­ed when it does.

     When a person has a solid, spiritual foundation, they understand someone has everything under control and they can lean on that during tough times instead of relying on themselves to make through. It can play a large part in helping a person stand back up after getting knocked down.

     One pastor said hav­ing such faith produces a “steeling effect,” where one will function better than expected, even in the midst of trouble, temptation and trials.

     A key passage that details spiritual resiliency is Ephesians 6:10-18.

     “Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, the authorities, the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil. When the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground.”

     Our chaplains and reli­gious support team will stand with you in your quest to develop spiritual resiliency.