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Endurance—the dividing line between those who make it through any sort of trial and those who don’t. Hang on, don’t get discouraged—this isn’t just gutting it out. Not at all. The beautiful resilience Jesus offers us comes from his resources; endurance is imparted to us.
In times of stress, it is our inner weaknesses, brokenness, and the
“unconverted places” that are going to take our legs out from under us.
Maturity is no longer optional; wholeheartedness is no longer something we can go without. Vulnerabilities in us prove treacherous in this world.
We actually have three “levels” of being: the Shallows, Midlands, and Depths. The secret of all recovery and resilience is that, when invited, Jesus Christ himself comes to dwell within our created nature, deep down in the depths, where we learn to tap into him for the strength that prevails.
All change initially feels like loss. Guard against divided allegiances by making recovery and resilience a regular practice. Create a plan that includes renewing your love and devotion to Jesus, and a plan for margin that allows your soul room to breathe.