Parting Shot


By Eric Mattson

This young rider is getting introduced to the cowboy/cowgirl wisdom which says life’s not about how fast you run or how high you climb, but how well you bounce. One thing which gives this rider resilience is youth and wide-eyed wonder. He hung in there as long as he could and then hit the ground ready to follow up the failure with another ride. Resilient people generally meet failure head-on and use it as an opportunity to learn and self-correct. Resilient people can be wounded healers who provide a positive influence in other people’s lives. Faith helps us to positively reframe the challenges and failures which come into to the life of all Christians. Resilience forged, tested and strengthened through daunting adversity can provide a compelling, credible and contagious witness of Christian faith. “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity but a spirit of power and love and self-control.” [2 Timothy 1:7]