Resilience is the ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape; elasticity. It is the capacity to recover quickly from difficulty; toughness. I admire those like this soldier, who for the sake of a greater call, have suffered great losses and set backs. They possess an indomitable spirit: one that is impossible to subdue or defeat. Where most would have given up and quit, they continue on to do what seemingly could not be done.
Nelson Mandela, endured 27 years of what was meant to be a will–crushing imprisonment, fighting against the injustices of apartheid in South Africa. He was locked up at age 46 and released at 73. Most of us would have emerged with our spirit broken, just grateful to be alive and free, and certainly resentful of our captors. Not Mandela, he arose with strength and grace, with a forgiving heart, and the will to lead not only those who had battled with him, but those who fought against him. President Mandela said, “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” Resilience.
We can bounce back from sin, faults and failures. When we die, those who have received Jesus as Lord and Savior will live again eternally with Him! Even now in this earth, if we have a spirit of resiliency that is willing to go through whatever it takes… we can recover! What was dead can be raised! What was hurt can be healed! The broken can be restored! What was lost can be found!