But thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our LORD Jesus Christ. 1 Cor. 15:57
You may remember the RARE Leadership acrostic I’ve shared before (from the book by Marcus Warner and James Wilder). This applies to times of upset in our lives and how we should respond:
R - Remain relational: don’t isolate yourself from relationship(s) A - Act like yourself: avoid being manipulated - be the best version of you. R - Return to joy: recall past positive, joyful events to help you regain perspective. E - Endure hardship well: be noble as you go through times of strain and upset; no regrets.
I want to focus on the last of these, Endure Hardship Well. My late grandmother used to tell about her experiences during the Great Depression in the U.S. These were extremely difficult times. Even though my grandmother was a child, when she tells the stories, she quotes her mother verbatim. I know very little about my great-grandmother, and most of it is from these stories shared through the eyes of a little girl. What am I saying? I wonder if my great-grandmother realized that the words she said during tough times would be passed on for generations.
This year has been challenging. Are we enduring our hardships well? As our children and those around us hear us speak, what will they remember and pass on to future generations? I’m reminded of Psalm 46:1 "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble."
Lean on Him during these strange days! He is not surprised and you are not forsaken!
We Win!! Danny Cullins
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