Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ
~ Phillippians 3:8, ESV ~
Growing spiritually mindful helps us come to know and understand who we are through Jesus Christ. Part of this spiritual growth means we develop a sense of spiritual resilience and toughness. This happens as we deepen our relationship with our Heavenly Father. We develop a clear sense of what is most valuable and truly important. We also discover those things that are not as important as we had previously held.
Our eyes become adept to recognizing the vile and wickedness of the world around us. And, because of this, harm does come to those who do good and we sometimes do not win. Therefore, knowing our value and sense of worth through Jesus Christ helps strengthen our identity.
We are not easily offended when our values and needs are challenged. We leave no room for being wrong, and we strive to grow and learn in our experiences and adversities. However, we are required to stand for what we truly believe in – even stand and believe in Christ.
Never align ourselves to those forces that may put us down or destroy us. Those negative forces are within us more often than they are outside of us. Understanding, clearly what we want and care about is our strongest defense. Regardless of where the attack may come from – we gain Christ more and more through our adversity than succumbing to defeat amidst our circumstances.