I’ve had a favorite quote for a few years now, but am now excited to add to it. Small phrases from others that speak into my life. This quote is the first to be added.
“Resilience is not learned in the school of victory.” – David Arcos
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This quote really makes me wonder what the message of continuous prosperity and an everyday smile being preached by folks like Joel Osteen really means. Are they in touch with reality? What would Joel do if God wanted to plant his house and /o or church on the coast of Texas where they are waiting this morning to be devastated by another hurricane. He might stick it out, but you can’t tell me he’d be smiling all the way through it. That’s what irritates me more about the group of Americans that think God needs to make them smile every day, or that they somehow deserve their “best life now”.
The picture I included in the blog probably looks like one of many days you’ve had ot live through, maybe even recently. God is there, but He’s bringing a storm into your life to test your resilience. To test your dedication to Him. The going gets tough sometimes, and He doesn’t expect you to be faking the smile. All He does is expect you to lean on Him and allow Him to get you through the moment. You don’t have to appear like you have it all together. You might even have quite a bit of fear. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5
Say a prayer today for those in Texas, for the families that God has carried through since 9/11/01, for a friend that is battling sickness, a marriage that is ready to crumble. And pray for Joel, that he’ll wake up and start preaching some reality into people’s lives. It angers me to think that false teachers are spreading a gospel that has nothing to do with resilience. Like we’re all in the school of victory every day!