Dictionary.com defines a crisis as “a dramatic, emotional or circumstantial upheaval in a person’s life.” Crises come, go, and are a part of life, but people generally recoil at the thought of one. How do you appraise a crisis in your life? The magnitude of a crisis is, of course, in the eyes of the beholder, but they’re usually placed in the peril category. That’s unfortunate, because the opposite of peril is opportunity.
A crisis is threatening, and, in my opinion, your response to a crisis is probably the same as you respond to life. I believe the initial response to a crisis is spontaneous, and spontaneous reaction reflects training, i.e. how you, or others, have trained and developed your personality to respond the way you do. I feel the development of your personality determines whether a crisis is a peril, or an opportunity.
Crises Aren’t Planned
I don’t believe life shaking crises are planned, even though you realize you have a lifestyle that if continued may foster a crisis. If you’ve smoked for years and find out you have lung cancer, yes, it’s a crisis, but you knew smoking could lead to lung cancer, even though you didn’t plan it. Nevertheless, a crisis is a crisis, and you must deal with it.
Crises Demand Attention
When you face a crisis, you must respond now, not next week or next month. Your reactionary response needs to be appropriate and this is where training takes over, is the crisis a peril or opportunity.
A crisis always has a result, so why not make it a good one. No matter what you face, your attitude will affect it for better or for worse.
I believe your response to a crisis should be how the crisis, and your response, affects those around you. If your response is about others, there’s a good chance the crisis will be an opportunity because others will respond to you in like manner. This is the spontaneous reaction, which corresponds to your training. If your training leads you to believe you are something special, and you face a crisis you are probably going to respond with a poor me, negative attitude, which makes the crisis a peril, for everybody.
If, however, you respond to others instead of yourself you have a team facing the crisis, not separate entities. You and the others will work together, which means the crisis becomes a situation and easier to handle. You will laugh, cry and plan together, which allows the opportunity for your group to bond.
Nothing about the way you’re created suggests you’re an island, so why pretend you are. I believe a loving God allows crises as an opportunity to realize His is, through others. So, when that crisis comes embrace it. Embrace it with the knowledge it’s an opportunity you, and those around you, are willing able and ready to
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