Jeremiah 29:11, For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Joshua 14:10-12, “Now then, just as the Lord promised, he has kept me alive for forty-five years since the time he said this to Moses, while Israel moved about in the wilderness. So here I am today, eighty-five years old! 11 I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out; I’m just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then. 12 Now give me this hill country that the Lord promised me that day. You yourself heard then that the Anakites were there and their cities were large and fortified, but, the Lord helping me, I will drive them out just as he said.”

This week we are looking at four characteristics of living a “Resilient Life.” As I stated yesterday, being resilient means to spring back or bounce back from adversity or some other difficult situation.

The first key to being a resilient person is to “Expect things to get better!” If you are going through a tough time, you are not going to be happy about it, and you may not even be happy about it when it is over and done with; however, being “hopeful” of a better day is perhaps the single biggest factor in recovering from a difficulty. This hope is called OPTIMISM.

In the Old Testament we see a man named Caleb. When Joshua and the children of Israel entered the Promised Land, some of the hardest land to conquer was the hill country. However, Caleb at the age of 85 assured Joshua that he felt strong enough to overcome the obstacles and take the hill country.

In other words, Caleb was optimistic. Although he had been wondering in the wilderness for 40 years, he hadn’t lost optimism. He expected things to get better and was willing to do something about it.

The good news for most of us is that our trials won’t last 40 years, but even if they do we have a great example in Caleb who always believed that the best was yet to come.


Think about it. Be optimistic, and have a resilient day!

John Mark Caton


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