How to Grow Resilience: The Power of Gratitude

At Summit Church, we believe in the transformative power of uplifting messages that inspire Today, we want to share a powerful message from our pastor Rick Godwin that explores the topic of resilience and how it can be cultivated in our lives. Join us as we dive into the importance of gratitude and its impact on our overall well-being.



Neurologists have discovered a lubricant of the brain. When you’re older, you start thinking about Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and Dementia. This occurs because the brain becomes rigid. 


As your brain becomes rigid, you lose the capacity to see things like beauty and wonder, opportunities and possibilities. You don’t want to lose this capacity! 


I never want to lose my power to imagine and create! 


And researchers discovered that the lubricant of the brain is GRATITUDE. It’s not just a nice attribute that makes you a better human being. If you don’t want your brain to rigidify, you need to develop a life of gratitude. 


And if you’re here with an attitude or personality of ungratefulness, you may be 26, but your brain has already begun to rigidify! 


How many young adults think like old people? Their brains have gone dead. They can’t see new possibilities, new opportunities! All they see is what’s wrong in life. Everything they see is negative. 


Or, have you trained your brain to pay attention to the beauty all around you, to see opportunities for good? If you think of your brain as a muscle, then exercise your brain’s power to see opportunities and possibilities. And that will only happen if you choose a life of gratitude.


Ungrateful people are dumber than grateful people. I know it’s not politically correct to say that! Ungrateful people, bitter people, are not just unlikeable and less enjoyable – they’re just dumber. 


If you choose a posture of ungratefulness, you need to realize you’re lowering your IQ. Every day I’m not grateful for life, I’m lowering my IQ. I want to live a life of ridiculous gratitude! How about you? 


1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 – “Rejoice always, pray continually. Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 


When you give thanks in all circumstances, your brain expands! When you are grateful, your brain absorbs the power of unlimited imagination. It’s like inhaling oxygen deeply after you’ve been gasping for air. Ahhh! 


As we reflect on the pastor’s message, we invite you to join us in embracing gratitude to grow resilience in our lives. Let’s choose to exercise our brain’s power, see opportunities, and cultivate a posture of thankfulness. Together, we can embark on a journey of personal growth, fostering resilience, and unlocking the full potential within us. Register for our upcoming events and discover more ways to enhance your life through Summit Church.

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