For this week’s “Thursday Quote Day”, here is a quote from college basketball analyst Jay Bilas:
“Failing doesn’t make you a failure. Failing makes you a competitor. Every competitor fails. If you lay it on the line, you will come up short at times. Failure is a part of competing, and embracing that fact is an important component of toughness. Tough people fail, but tough people are not failures. The only failures are those who give up, or give in.” (Jay Bilas Toughness)
One Bible verse that I’ve been kind of thinking about lately is Matthew 10:16: “Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.” The context of this verse being Jesus is talking to His disciples and is preparing them to go out to share about the Kingdom of God. This story I’ve heard and read numerous times over the years.
What I’ve been thinking about lately is I guess another take on it. And that take is this. We are to be tough while still being soft. What does that mean? Well, circumstances can be rough sometimes. People will say and do things to hurt you. Events will happen beyond your control. We live in a fallen world. Toughness will develop as we go through the storms of life. In the meantime, we are called to love one another. We are to be soft with warm hearts to those in need around us. To see the world as Jesus sees the world, with love and compassion.
It is hard to remain tough while being soft. But that’s where the Holy Spirit comes into play. He is there to comfort during the hard times and help us through those storms. He is the one who helps us remain tough. At the same time, He is there to keep us soft to the needs of those around us.
Keeping tough while being soft. It is not easy, but thankful that God has the grace and mercy to continue to work in and through me to make that happen.