What encourages you to be resilient?
In our Autumn 2022 edition of Compass, we asked YOU to answer some questions in our short survey.
We asked: What sort of things help you be resilient and “bounce back” after challenges?
– Community support
– Specific Bible passages/verses
– Encouraging/challenging books
– Close friends checking in
– Having someone walking with you
The responses we received indicated a few key things that stood out.
Firstly, that starting with the Lord and the words he’s given us in the Bible is vitally important to being successful in “bouncing back”. As one responder said “It is hugely helpful to be convinced of God’s sovereignty and goodness”.
Secondly, being able to be vulnerable and honest with a few close friends as you’re going through struggles is also very beneficial. Having people that will listen and care for you when it’s hard can help widen our perspective and know that we are still loved and valuable despite whatever we are experiencing or feel at the moment.
Thirdly, while listening and encouraging is helpful, so is practical assistance. We shouldn’t forget the comfort and help that comes from someone preparing a meal for you, or coming over to help tidy up, watching the kids for an arvo, delivering a coffee, doing the shopping, hiring a cleaner, etc. Any number of practical means to show that we are not alone, that people care about us and want to help us succeed and ‘bounce back’ from whatever has befallen us.
Thank you to everyone who responded and shared your experiences with us.
And if you are in need of help, listening or encouraging please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected].
Other helpful resources:
Lifeline: lifeline.org.au – 13 11 14
Beyond Blue: beyondblue.org.au