Everybody’s Got Something

For the past several weeks, I’ve been cranking my radio whenever I hear the new Mandisa song called “Overcomer.” I love the kickin’ music and the “chill” lyrics. I just found this incredible video from Good Morning America last week that features the world premiere of Mandisa’s new music video. In introducing the song, GMA co-host Josh Elliot describes the lyrics as “all about thriving despite adversity.”

obstaclesThriving despite adversity is the heartbeat of this Brave and Resilient site! That’s the heartbeat of my own life. I know you can relate to overcoming despite your own struggles. I was so delighted to see Mandisa’s video highlighting actual clips of GMA co-host Robin Roberts, former Congressman Gabby Giffords, Olympic figure skater Scott Hamilton, and The Biggest Loser contestant Hannah Curlee in the middle of their own being bent, compressed, and stretched through intense difficulties. As Robin Roberts summarizes, “Everybody’s got something.”

You may be facing a wearisome something right now. A feeling that life is seriously too much. Perhaps you’re enduring a painfully rough patch in your marriage, your friendships, your job, your health, your finances. If so, please be encouraged by Mandisa’s words [under the Brave & Resilient Media tab]:

Stay in the fight ‘til the final round

You’re not going under

‘Cause God is holding you right now

You might be down for a moment

Feeling like it’s hopeless

That’s when He reminds You

That you’re an overcomer

. . . Don’t quit, don’t give in

You’re an overcomer

Yep, everybody’s got something . . . at some point in life. If your something today feels somehow overwhelming, Someone will keep you from going under. Just give Him your hand. Don’t quit. Don’t give in, because you ARE an overcomer.

[The song is only 3:22  long. Listen and find yourself wanting it for a workout song. Kick it! 🙂 ]

Brave and Resilient Tip #40: Everybody’s got something, so let your something help you to be something else.

Bravery Through Ashes

Although many of us have never experienced a devastating house fire or a raging wildfire like the ones in the past year that destroyed nearly 850 Colorado homes close to where I live. We all understand ashes in our lives, we’ve all sifted through the powdery fine cinders of burned up dreams, jobs, relationships, finances, or health. We all know what it feels like when unwanted soot descends upon our lives.

IMG_0259Yet amid the embers of disappointment and the rubble of loss, many of us have also experienced a fresh wind, a new beginning, a depth of bravery and resiliency beyond the vestiges of our own strength, our own determined will to keep moving forward.

You may be familiar with the words of the prophet Isaiah who described God’s promise of “a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning” (Isaiah 61:2-3).

Last year I took these photos in the initial weeks after the Waldo Canyon Fire roared into the foothills of Colorado Springs. Notice how the multi-colored pottery piece remained essentially untouched by the intense flames. Why? Because the pot had already been through the tempering fire of the kiln.IMG_0278

Perhaps you’re in the kiln right now or standing in the ruins.When you’re in the heat of things and the smoke hasn’t cleared yet, it’s hard to think of something good coming from the adversity. Yet, if you just hold on a little longer, the sprigs of something new, the bright colors of restoration will surprise you.

Isaiah also reminded us that that no matter how deep our pile of ashes or how scorched we feel, we are all God’s works of bravery and beauty. “. . .We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand” (Isaiah 64:8).

Brave and Resilient Tip #32: Bravery and beauty do arise from the ashes. 

 

What rubble are you sifting through right now in your life? How have you experienced bravery and beauty through the ashes?