Recently, I heard an interview of an American skeleton medalist in the winter Olympics. When asked what the keys to being a good participant in that downhill sport are, she replied that the number one key was to let your body remain as relaxed as possible… to become a human shock absorber. The more tense and rigid your body was, the more likely you would go flying off your sled.
As I heard this, I thought how this applies so well in our lives. There are many phrases that encourage us to do this –go with the flow, roll with the punches, etc. I think it is one of the keys to making it down the “hills” in life while avoiding disaster. We have to absorb the hits or bumps in life. Resiliency is the ability to bounce back and a wonderful character quality. When we hit a wall, do you crash into many pieces or do you bounce back?
The answer to that question is a mindset and a choice. It’s also the secret to contentment. Whatever situation you may find yourself in, you have to practice contentment. You have learn to absorb the shocks and believe that you can do all things in Christ’s strength
Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me. (Phil. 4:11-13)
The bumps will come, but how you deal with them is the difference between winning the race and flying off course. Happy sledding!
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