“Resilience is very different than being numb. Resilience means you experience, you feel, you fail, you hurt. You fall, but you keep going.”
As I headed off to teach my little group of young Thespians yesterday, my heart was concerned for what their minds might be dealing with in the wake of all the disaster facing our world. I wondered over how to answer questions, to soothe their anxious thoughts, to comfort them in some small way. When I arrived, I was greeted with rambunctious little bodies, ready to cut loose from a long day of being in school and I realized that my thinking was not the same as theirs.
To be complacent over the condition of our world is foolish, but in the end there’s really nothing we can do about it, except to rise above it – to continue on and bounce back. Resilience gives us the ability to stretch our tired, depressed minds away from the pain and like a rubber band, return to our normal – whatever that is.
Kids are built with an inner elasticity that takes a long time to stretch out. As we age, the stretchiness has expanded so far, it becomes useless, unless we keep on rejuvenating and supporting it with the foundation of God’s truth.
Though the children of this generation have grown accustomed to bad news, it’s our responsibility to let them know that things aren’t hopeless. If they see that we’re giving up, they will too. If we enable them with a strong foundation, they will rebound – just as we will.
Our hope is built on nothing less than Jesus blood and righteousness. He has already won the victory over evil. We know that a better life awaits us in eternity. Let your kids know this good news, so they will have the same confidence in all times of trouble.