Welcome to the introductory posting for the Liberty University Institute for Military Resilience (IMR) Blog. We will call this the “Resilience Blog” as we discuss many Resilience related topics in coming months.
As you may have already observed from taking some of the new MILT courses at Liberty (see the Academic page), or from reading Resilient Warriors (Dees, Creative Team Publishers, 2011, www.ResilienceTrilogy.com); Resilience is both reactive and proactive. As well, Resilience has sound Biblical origins. Ultimately, Resilience is all about redemption, bouncing back from a wounded status to a redeemed status. A very practical question we must ask ourselves and others is “Are you an egg (“Humpty Dumpty had a great fall…”) or are you a tennis ball (bouncing back after the body slams of life as a fallen being in a fallen world)?”
From a Christian world view, Resilience is possible as we stay connected to the Triune God, as we stay attached to the true Vine. The Bible addresses the topic of Resilience through precept and through the stories of many Resilience role models, with Jesus Himself as the Ultimate Resilient Warrior and Leader. The “Resilience Chapter” of the Bible is perhaps 2 Corinthians 4:7-10 (NASB) which states “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves; we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.”
For this first stimulus to your thinking and interaction on this Resilience Blog, I would like to pose the question “Why is Resilience important?” Clearly we see that our nation’s military warriors have unprecedented challenges with mental and behavioral health issues, including historically high suicide rates, Posttraumatic Stress, and unraveling military marriages. They certainly need Resilience. We must also realize, however, that the military is a reflection of society at large. Hence, Resilience is an important quality for all of us, whether military warriors, parents, teachers, business professionals, ministers of the Gospel, or community caregivers. In fact, we all have trials and tribulations requiring “bounce” (note John 16:33b (parentheses and underline added), “In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I (Jesus) have overcome the world.”
As we grow this Resilience Blog over time, we will focus on many topics of mutual interest. As well, I challenge you to make it a tool to share your relevant questions regarding Resilience, as well as your expertise and life experiences which inform and inspire each of us to become more Resilient. I also recognize that some of you will engage more directly with the Liberty University Institute for Military Resilience as you take our MILT courses, or conduct military-focused Resilience research, or participate in LU IMR outreach events such as the webinars. In each case, may this BLOG complement your efforts and enrich your lives personally.
May each of us be Resilient Warriors in Christ,