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How Would You Respond?

By Don Loftis | 02.01.17

The last question at President Obama’a final press conference was one inquiring about how his daughters were handling Hillary Clinton’s defeat and their move out of the White House.  He responded by saying that he and Michelle had always tried to teach the girls to be resilient in the face of any adversity.  He added, “The only thing that is the end of the world is the end of the world.”  His brief answer offers us two important insights.

 

First, resiliency is crucial to success.  Paul wrote the Corinthians in II Cor. 4:8-9, “We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.”  Our lives consist of a series of mountain tops and valleys.  Our best growth occurs as we rebound from some failure or difficulty.  This is true for individuals and for churches.  The ability to bounce back and to rebound are traits of spiritual maturity.

 

Secondly, we must not overreact to temporary issues.  Problems do exist, but they seldom are as big in reality, as they appear in our perception.  We are all tempted to look at events or disasters, as if they are the end of life as we know it.  Remember, the only thing that is the end of the world is the end of the world.

 

Our attitudes toward the present shape our efforts and our goals.  Two shoe companies sent salesmen to the bush country of Africa.  One wired home, “Situation here is hopeless.  No one wears shoes.  Prepare for my return.”  The second looked at the same demographics and wired back, “Opportunities unlimited.  Not one person owns any shoes.  Send more samples.”  Which attitude best describes yours?

 


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