Buoyancy – the "bounce back"
There’s a great verse in 2 Corinthians that really nails down this whole concept of spiritual buoyancy. “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed (4:7-9). Paul mastered the art of the bounce back. No matter what life threw at him, Paul always found a way to bounce back. Paul did not have the easiest Christian life experience. He was stoned (with real stones – not the other stuff). He was beaten with rods. He was shipwrecked. Paul was in jail. He was whipped. But somehow he was able to work up the energy to keep scratching that itch God had called him to.
No matter what we experience in life or ministry we must bounce back. It is not going to be easy. Life will have challenges. Schedules will get overwhelming. Friends and family will face death. No matter how hard it gets we must push back.
I think one of the most powerful ways to bounce back is to always respond in the opposite spirit or attitude. One of the Old Testament laws was an ‘Eye for an eye, and tooth for tooth.’ In other words whatever you deal out will be dealt back to you. Jesus taught us something different. “If someone hits you on the right cheek, let him hit you on the left.” Then he said, “If someone wants you to go 1 mile, go with them 2 miles.” Jesus taught this whole concept of responding in opposites.
What does this mean for me? I guess that’s the million-dollar question. Let me break this down practically. If you are driving down the highway and someone flips you the bird, please don’t toss it back at them. By the way it is not usually the best time to say, “Jesus loves you,” at the top of your lungs.
We have a lot of reactionaries in the world today. These are the people that when hit with immaturity they react with it. Chuck Swindoll said, “Life is 10% of what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” Choose to react the right way! Stop. Breath. Then think before you speak or act.