Good Morning Everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Pushing through adversity”
Our Bible verse for today: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” Hebrews 12:1 (NIV)
Our thought for today: “Have a top made of rubber and a bottom made of springs.”
Perseverance is a character trait the Bible promotes and which God values in us. Perseverance is closely related to resilience and indicates an ability to hang in there and to push through the adversities we encounter in life. It is also the ability to bounce back from setbacks.
In his book “Bounce: Learning to thrive through loss, tragedy, and heartache” author Aaron Fruh reminds us of the cute but inspiring example of Tigger, the furry and loveable tiger in the Winnie the Pooh series. Tigger is a happy-go-lucky character who just seems to shrug off problems and to keep moving forward – usually humming a tune and stopping to smell the roses along the way.
In one scene of a Winnie the Pooh movie we see Tigger singing a toe-tapping bouncy little tune about his ability to just roll with the punches in life. The refrain goes, “I have a top made of rubber and a bottom made of springs.” In other words he was flexible and resilient. He could take a hit, roll with it, and bounce right back.
Tigger reminds me of the “Rock ‘em, Sock ‘em Bozo” I used to have when I was a kid. It was a four foot inflatable clown made of a plastic/rubber material. Inside, the bottom was filled with about twenty pounds of sand – thereby anchoring it pretty solidly to the floor. This allowed me to punch Bozo in the face as hard as I could, maybe give him a good karate kick to the head too, and Bozo would fall almost to the floor, but then he would bounce right back up (the sand in the bottom caused this). No matter how much I pummeled poor Bozo, he would always bounce right back up.
This is the kind of thing the writer of the letter to the Hebrews was referring to in Hebrews 12:1. It’s also the virtue other Biblical writers such as Peter, Paul, Jesus, and Solomon all commended as well. As we mature in our faith, God develops in us a top made of rubber and a bottom made of springs. He makes us resilient. He enables us to persevere and to bounce back.
This is an important character trait for the people of God to have because our ability to handle the tough times in life in a strong and confident way, with dignity and without whining, can be a great testimony to an unbelieving world. It shows that God strengthens us and helps us.
Maybe Tigger and Bozo are silly examples, but then again, we all need to be able to bounce right back up when life has knocked us down. There’s something to be said for having a top made of rubber and a bottom made of springs.