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You Are Antifragile

“Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”

– Romans 5:3-5

Today we will continue with part two of examining three cultural keys. Each point is vital and will add significant value to your life! Yesterday we spoke about the importance of connecting with others. Today’s key is we are antifragile. Antifragile is a word coined by Nassim Nicholas Taleb, one of my favorite authors. He said the opposite of fragile is not robust, it’s antifragile. Antifragile means that small amounts of harm cause a person, place, or thing to become better. 

I consider books to be antifragile. The best way to get a book to sell is to ban it, am I right? Once you ban a book, it will generate so much interest, that people will want to know what all the hype is about. Did you know the church is antifragile? Churches have performed best and became stronger, under persecution. The Apostle Peter says, and I paraphrase: After we have experienced suffering, the Lord will restore us, make us strong and steady. This power and stability gained is good news!

Friend, the key to becoming antifragile is seeing the challenges you’re going through as an opportunity to develop into the person you’ve always wanted to be. It’s hard to focus on the gains and benefits that will become available to us when we face hardships or trials. But we can prepare for life’s uncertain moments knowing we are antifragile and all things will work together for the good purposes of God!

Prayer


Father, help me to realize that challenges will make me stronger. Please help me become antifragile, especially during tests and trials.

Reflection


Have you experienced a trial and afterward realized that you are antifragile? Do you recognize situations where the Lord has made you strong and steady?

If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power every Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. PT on TBN or watch online at hourofpower.org/episode.  

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