Some have been in survival mode for far too long. I had lunch not long ago with someone who has had some incredible setback experiences: a loss of a loved one and a financial setback. As I was talking with this person, he said that last year he kind of just checked out. That phrase “checked out” really hit me. I think that when people check out, they are in survival mode. You may need to be in survival mode for a while to heal, but that can only be a temporary place.

There comes a point when after you’ve checked out, licked your wounds, and got your bearings, you have to exit survival mode. You can’t stay there. You may think you need to stay in that season longer, but it is a dangerous for your comeback. You can get comfortable in survival mode because it can be quite a pity party where you dwell on how you’ve been wronged, how things are not fair, or how things haven’t gone your way. As I said to the person I had lunch with, “It’s time to get out of that. It’s time for your comeback.” That individual agreed that it was time to get out of survival mode and get back in the game. Injuries happen, and when they do, you heal and you play again.

There is a time when your comeback must begin, but it can’t when you are in survival mode. Survival mode is a fruitless way to live. There is no growth, no progress, and no impact in survival mode. You will never become who God created you to be, nor will you experience the marvelous plans God has for your life as long as you stay in survival mode. God did not put you on this earth just to survive; God put you here to thrive. And God wants you to thrive in the life He has for you; in the gifts, talents, and opportunities he’s given you. He wants you to overcome the setback, to break through the obstacles that stand in your way.

Survival mode is a very isolated way of living. The checking out can mean a lot of alone time. Now there is value in a season of reflection and introspection, but you need to reconnect with friends and get back into the swing of life. If you are going to have the comeback God wants for you, you must take the step out of survival mode and into a place of expectation for what God wants to do in your life.


About Rick McDaniel

Rick McDaniel is a noted author, international communicator and church leader. He is the founder/senior pastor of Richmond Community Church in Richmond, Virginia. The church is known for its contemporary and innovative services and has a worldwide reach through www.highimpactchurch.tv. McDaniel has earned three degrees including an advanced degree from Duke University and is the author of​ six​​ books including his latest "Turn Your Setbacks Into Comebacks." He has traveled and spoken at conferences and churches worldwide spanning six continents.

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