2 Bible Stories and Strategies For Living a Resilient Life

Updated on September 23, 2017
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Tim Truzy is a minister in a Christian church, and he has participated in other religions.

An antique train that has withstood the test of time.
An antique train that has withstood the test of time. | Source

The Importance of Resilience

Life is often a roller coaster of crisis and calm times. Troubles come at us swiftly and leave us immensely drained when they pass. Sometimes, we are not sure if we have the strength to finish the bumpy and stress inducing ride. We may become pessimistic and dread the next turn ahead. Will it twist our lives upside down? Will it cause us to scream as we struggle up another possibly perilous hill? Yet, we somehow recover, facing the next loop on the track of life. We move ahead like the train in the photo.

People are like trains, needing to travel onward with the right fuel and drive. We want to have determination when we encounter broken tracks along our route in life, or when we run into difficult foggy troubles where spiritually lifting light seems absent. We call upon memories of heroes in the past we have learned about: sport stars, television characters, and legions of others to refuel our resolve. We essentially want to exhibit resiliency down the track of life. The ability to recover and continue after a crisis is called resilience. People need resilience to cope with changes in life which can be devastating or paralyzing, like a league of dread and doom.

Perhaps, this explains the popularity of comic book superheroes on the screen – such fictional characters constantly demonstrate resiliency in the face of challenges. Human beings also look beyond film and popular fiction to find inspiration in times of crisis. They turn to religious beliefs and teachings to receive encouragement as well. Coincidentally, most religions have prophets and teachers who remind us of how we should demonstrate resilient qualities when confronted with problems. The Judeo-Christian religious teachings are no exception.

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Two Bible Stories Featuring Resilient People

Within the Judeo-Christian Bible there are countless examples of people showing resilience in the face of danger and turmoil. In fact, the Old Testament of the Bible is filled with stories about such individuals. They wrestled with adversity and often won. They gave everything to triumph. They eventually came out on top; they were champions of their faith. Here are two stories from the Bible about Old Testament figures who showed resilience during calamities.

Moses and Joseph Knew How to Bounce Back

Moses – In the Book of Exodus, Moses is an important figure with rebound power. He was born into slavery in Egypt and rose in importance within the ruling family. After killing an Egyptian, he fled, fearing retribution. Eventually, Moses found himself, meeting an angel from God in a Burning Bush. Moses led his people, the Israelites, away from Egypt after bringing plagues to that country as directed by God.

Although he experienced several traumatic events, Moses never surrendered to the ordeals of his life. He continued with the mission given to him by God, even when the Israelites were concerned about crossing the Red Sea. Moses saw the whole picture – God wanted the children of Israel to be free. Moses exhibited sturdiness and resilience in paralyzing circumstances, ultimately, achieving the goals given to him by God. The Ten Commandments he delivered to the Israelites is often cited as the basis for all of our laws in Western democracies.

For this reason, Moses is seen as a man who rebounded from a series of potentially crippling catastrophes. Even into the 20th century, leaders such as Dr. Martin Luther King used the story to encourage people of color in the 1960’s during the Civil Rights’ movement in America. Many have been called the “Moses” of their era, and the Prophet Moses is an essential part of all the religions based on Abraham’s interaction with God.

Joseph – Joseph can be thought of as a come-back king. His brothers planned to kill him because of jealousy over a prized garment, but they eventually sold him into slavery in Egypt. As the story is told in the Book of Genesis, Joseph worked for a man who placed him in jail in Egypt because of a lie. During this time in prison, Joseph interprets dreams for other convicts. The talent Joseph possesses leads him to the ruler, who was having dreams about a coming famine in the kingdom.

After interpreting the dream correctly, Joseph was given a position of great influence. He managed the agricultural efforts of Egypt and he was in charge of distributing food. Joseph’s brothers finally approach him after he ascended to his post. Ten years had passed, and Joseph’s brothers wanted food. He told them who he was, and Joseph forgave them for what they had done years earlier. His brothers and father move finally to Egypt to be with Joseph.

Joseph teaches us to recognize we can’t determine what the future may hold. Unforeseen circumstances and conditions make up our existence, including calamities and victories. We also can gather holding grudges does not produce happiness from this Biblical story. Joseph shows us an attitude of optimism should always be adhered to, even in dire situations. The story of Joseph reminds us to be hopeful and have faith when there is no reason to think our surroundings or state of being will improve, at least in our foreseeable future.

A small country church.
A small country church. | Source

How to Become More Resilient

Christians attend churches, like the one in the picture, and learn of the resilient people in the Bible such as the ones above. In the Holy Text, these stories aid church goers in bouncing back from almost unimaginable crisis. These characters in the Bible are frequently able to renew their lives after catastrophic occurrences which are usually mind-boggling and spiritually demolishing. However, developing a resilient personality does not have to wait for a traumatizing event. There are steps we can take as Christians and human beings to assist us before troubles set into our sails, when life altering moments present themselves with cyclonic force.

As a minister, I have often worked with individuals on building their capacity to have a resilient outlook on life. As a rehabilitation counselor, I’ve seen such approaches to be psychologically sound in troubled times or preparing for them. Nevertheless, these steps are fundamentally good for all of us regardless of our educational or spiritual background. Here are four ways to develop a resilient character; be your own world-class champion or superhero:

Coping Strategies for Building or Maintaining a Resilient Life

  1. Find Hobbies that keep you amused – This is important because a diversion from stress can be beneficial both mentally and physically. Some people develop skills in crafts. Others may paint. Some get into photography. Many like to cook. The options are limitless.
  2. I like to listen to various genres of music. If a particular piece strikes me, I pull out my keyboard to learn to play it. Or I may write a new Hub. I may do other writing tasks as well. But I also go to the gym or practice my martial arts skills. I also study the Bible for peace. It’s good to have a variety of fun and engaging things to do to help build or maintain your resilient nature.
  3. Recognize life doesn’t end because of life changes – Don’t internalize disasters. Change is a certainty in life. Try to be optimistic; find the bright-side in your dark moment. In doing so, recall past problematic situations you were able to rise up from in order to continue on with life.
  4. I will always tell my friends, clients, and fellow church goers: Living your life has not ended because of a change (chronic disease, death of loved ones, divorce, etc.); it has just taken a slightly unpredictable direction.
  5. Be willing to give support and receive support - Meet with friends who have experienced similar events. A spiritual truth exists which states we all have experienced suffering of some sort. Sharing helps eases the burden. Likewise, be willing to listen and care about others’ concerns. Don’t be only a receiver of empathy and compassion, but open up to others to give the same emotional support.
  6. Relax and Reflect to Regain your Strength – Take a breather when crisis erupt. Count to ten. Give your body and mind time to consider the situation. Think of strategies which can help you in the future when tragic events occur while you watch a pleasant sunset or sunrise. Take a walk and contemplate your present condition. Then make a list of resources available for you.
  7. I may take my wife to dinner and talk about funny life events we have shared when tough events occur in our lives. Laughing is a good way of letting go of stress temporarily. Movies can be great, too. Indulge in whatever allows you a brief span of time to get your emotions together.
  8. Have faith and adopt moments of Meditation – Realize there are unknowns which we can never control. Understand life is full of uncertainty. Take time regularly to focus on what you can control for a rewarding outcome. Take a few moments to give thanks to God, or whatever power you recognize as bigger than you.
  9. I always pray. The blessings God have given me always bring comfort to my inner being. The storms in life will continue, but having an eternal focus keeps peace within my soul when this reality becomes disturbingly turbulent.

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      Tim Truzy 2 months ago from U.S.A.

      Thank you, Nikki. You have a new fan now. I read some more of your work as well. Your work showcases your talent and it is flowing with deep images and passion. Thank you, again.



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      Nikki Khan 2 months ago from London

      Thanks so much Tim for your love and respect and loads of prayers, God bless you always :-)

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      Tim Truzy 2 months ago from U.S.A.

      Thank you, Nikki. Resiliency is a quality that takes lots of work to develop. I've tried many of these suggestions myself. We can learn a lot about overcoming troubles by remaining focused and staying within our "calm" space, a state of mind which requires practice.

      No one showed that better than the prophets in Christianity and in other religions.

      Thank you for giving my article some of your valuable time - once you give your time in this life, you can never get it back - that's why I value your thoughtful comment.

      God Bless you and your family.

      Stay strong and keep writing your wonderful articles.

      Much love,

      Much respect,



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      Nikki Khan 2 months ago from London

      I just loved reading it Tim, Prophets are always my favourite personalities to learn and follow their courage to fight the monsters of troubles.They have taught us to test our resilience fighting the impossible and remain calm and always thank God for all the blessings He has given you.These life issues are test of our ability to get through them and yet stand up again more stronger than before.

      God has tested prophets through it and he tests us through this as well.Your tips are great to let the stress go and they work wonders, I’ve used some of them as remedies to depression.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us and teaching us to explore optimism in hard times.

      Bless you!

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      Tim Truzy 5 months ago from U.S.A.

      Thanks. Life is too short not to figure out a way to enjoy your time here. That'

      s everybody. Thanks for reading and I will always appreciate such kind words.


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      CeCe Rees 5 months ago

      Love your take on "Building a Resilient Life!"

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      Tim Truzy 8 months ago from U.S.A.

      Yes, thanks my dear friend. I was taught without the rain in our lives, the sunshine would be meaningless. Your an astute soul.

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      Sonia Sylart 8 months ago from UK

      Very good advice here Tim.

      In particular I like that you've pointed out how beneficial it is to be thankful. All too often we take things for granted and only notice the bad times.

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      Tim Truzy 9 months ago from U.S.A.

      As I did an early service outside this morning, we prayed for those who are experiencing those storms. Those storms keep raging, but as the old song point out: O they tell me of an uncloudy day. Amen, my friend in Florida. May your Sunday remain beautiful. We know the truth to keep it that way everyday.

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      A B Williams 9 months ago from Central Florida

      You wrote, "the storms in life will continue", that's a given!

      How we respond to those storms, is a testament as to what we are made of.

      Every time we are going through a storm, someone, somewhere is going through, has gone through or will be going through an even bigger one!

      My Faith sustains me!

      It's a beautiful day!

    • Tim Truzy info4u profile image

      Tim Truzy 9 months ago from U.S.A.

      I enjoy reading your posts. You put a lot of thought into the things you write. My conversation with you helped inspire this article. You and your family are obviously champions of resilience. Thank you.

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      A B Williams 9 months ago from Central Florida

      Great insight Tim.

      I thoroughly enjoyed this.

      Thank you!


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