Improvise, Adapt and Overcome

Sunday, April 12, 2015

You must have the right perspective in the crisis!

People who are successful in managing the curves life throws at them are those who are able to improvise effectively.

The word “improvise” means:

  1. To compose and perform or deliver without previous preparation.
  2. To compose, play, recite or sing on the spur of the moment.
  3. To make or arrange from whatever materials are readily available.

It is a term associated with the military; the Marine Corp. uses “improvise, adapt and overcome” as a system through which they assist their soldiers in developing a success-based attitude. During the chaos of battle, soldiers must find what works or people die, resources are lost and ultimately you lose the battle.

To be effective in improvising, one must cultivate and maintain the right perspective. The Bible is replete with scriptures that aid us in developing that mindset. 1 Corinthians 10:13 assures us that God will not allow anything in our lives that He has not equipped us to successfully deal with. I like to think of this as my “I’m coming out” mindset. No matter what you are in, begin improvising by thinking, “I’m coming out.

The second part of developing the right perspective in crisis is properly processing the surprise. 1 Peter 4:12 says, “Dear friends, don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you.” My friend, this scripture tells us not to be surprised when trouble happens. We will all experience seasons of difficulty, just remember the only thing unique about it is that this time it might have happened to you. So what do we do? We know that whatever we are confronted with, God has assured our capacity to successfully navigate it and get about the business of doing exactly that.

Go before the Lord today, asking Him what your next steps are as you go forward and go forward you must everyday.