Posts Tagged ‘rebirth

26
Feb
13

burned out or fired up?

569908-moreton-island-fireThe lone survivor of a shipwreck washed up on a small, uninhabited island. He prayed feverishly for God to rescue him and every day he scanned the horizon for help, but none came.

Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a little hut out of driftwood to protect him from the elements and to store his few possessions. But one day, after scavenging for food, he came home to find his hut in flames, the smoke rolling up to the sky.

The worst had happened; everything was lost. He was stunned with grief and anger.

“God, how could you do this to me?” he cried.

Early the next day, he was awakened by the sound of a ship that had come to rescue him. “How did you know I was here?” asked the weary man of his rescuers.

“We saw your smoke signal,” they replied.

Have you ever had something you’ve cared about or worked for stripped away from you? Our perception of what is good for us is often flawed. Many times it’s rooted in feelings of inferiority or fear, so much so that we may even cling to inhabiting an island that we know isn’t healthy for us. Human beings have acute short-sightedness when it comes to seeing the big picture.

Loss equates to great pain and, if you put your “vision lenses” on, great gain. Something or someone is being purged out of your life for a reason. We scream out in anger and frustration to God because we don’t understand why. Thank God that, despite the fact that we think we know what’s best for our lives, there are greater forces at work advocating for us whether we appreciate it or not.

Every time you go down in flames is a chance for you to rise like a phoenix from the ashes. Thomas Edison said it best: “There is great value in disaster. All our mistakes are burned up. Thank God we can start anew.”

21
Sep
12

it takes a good fall to know where you stand

Autumn, the year’s last, loveliest smile.
William Cullen Bryant

It’s the first day of fall, my absolute favorite season. Some lament the passing of summer with the inevitable onset of winter when things die and lay dormant until the rebirth of spring. But I think fall teaches us about how we reveal our own brilliant colors.

The gorgeous fall foliage is actually a result of the trees stopping production of chlorophyll, which gives the leaves their green color. As the days turn shorter, the warmth of the sun wanes, the waters from the heavens become scarcer, and the trees stop making food and start living off of their stores. But it’s exactly this drawing back that reveals their true colors and it’s what makes this season singularly spectacular.

It’s easy to be vibrant and flourishing when the sun is shining and the waters of abundance are plentiful. But life guarantees that there will be times of scarcity. And that’s where we can truly shine. When our health or finances are on the wane, we must dig within our stores to keep ourselves alive.

I love fall because it symbolizes a time when life is giving out more than it is taking in. It’s a reflection of the months of warmth and plenty and growth in a kaleidoscope of gratitude.  It’s a swan song that always reminds me that the best is yet to come and the older we get, the more wisdom and beauty we can display.

So enjoy the times of drawing down in your life, whether it’s in physical years left to live, or in the loss of a friend or a loved one. It’s your time to display your brilliance and show others what’s truly running through your veins.




Tremendous Tracey


CEO Tremendous Life Books. Book Evangelist

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