I am reading a book, entitled, “If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat,” by John Ortberg.  This book is based on the passage in Matthew where Christ walks on water and asks Peter to join Him.  Peter gets out of the boat, but then allows fear to take over.  He starts to sink, but Jesus is there to prevent that.
This is such a classic story about our relationship with Jesus, and still so relevant today.  There’s a section in chapter 5, named “Facing the Storm.”  Here’s what it has to say (and my comments):
  • Resilient people exercise control rather than passively resign.  (I try to stay calm in any situation; I am good to have around in a crisis.  I may fall apart later, after the crisis is over, but I know that Jesus is always there to “catch” me.)
  • Resilient people remain committed to their values when tempted to compromise.  (Although I would prefer that everyone like me, if my values are compromised, I will not budge.)
  • Resilient people find meaning and purpose in the storm.  (No matter what I am going through, I try to learn from it.  I usually don’t learn during the stress, but after it – even if years later.)

Reading this section has made me realize that I am a resilient person.

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  • I precisely had to appreciate you again. Probably you’ve never got to know any of us.

    January 9, 2013
  • That is a good tip particularly to those new to the blogosphere. Simple but very accurate information… Thank you for sharing this one. A must read article!

    January 10, 2013

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