Tony Horsfall is a UK-based writer, retreat leader and spiritual director. His books include [amazon_link id=”0857464353″ target=”_blank” ]Spiritual Growth in a Time of Change[/amazon_link], [amazon_link id=”1841017310″ target=”_blank” ]Deep Calls to Deep[/amazon_link] and the best-selling [amazon_link id=”1841018422″ target=”_blank” ]Rhythms of Grace[/amazon_link], and he hosts the annual Spiritual Mentoring Forum. Tony’s next book project will be on the theme of resilience.
A Creed For Courage
Many churches have statements of faith they adhere to, called creeds. Some even recite famous one like the Apostle’s Creed weekly in their services. But as Tony points out, in times of trial it isn’t these kinds of creeds we usually turn to, but what we know in our hearts about God.
So how about a Resilience Creed that expresses truths we can hold to in times of adversity and pain?
Here’s Tony’s suggestion. Print this off, stick it on your wall, and recite it daily when the path gets tough.
The Resilience Creed
I believe that God is working all things together for my good
I believe that nothing can separate me from the love of God that is mine in Christ Jesus
I believe that I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength
I believe that God is faithful, and will not let me be tempted beyond what I can bear, but will also provide a way of escape
I believe that his grace is sufficient for me, and that his strength is made perfect in my weakness
I believe that he who began a good work in me will bring it to completion
I believe that nothing can take me from his hand
I believe that Christ will never leave me nor forsake me
I believe that in every circumstance the Holy Spirit is my Comforter, Counsellor and Helper
I believe that God will use every trial to refine me and to make me stronger, wiser and more compassionate
(c) 2017 Tony Horsfall
References: Romans 8:28, Romans 8:38-39, Philippians 4:13, 1 Corinthians 10:13, 2 Corinthians 12:9, Philippians 1:6, John 10:29, Hebrews 13:5, John 14:15, 1 Peter 1:7. You’ll find more articles and podcasts on resilience here.
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