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How many of us can attest to going through a storm, to being on the brink of no return, to being so overwhelmed with the weight of the world, you have lost all hope? As all of Houston and the surrounding areas continue to be pummeled by #HurricaneHarvey, I can imagine many people have begun to lose hope and worse, some have given up. But even in the storm, there is still reason to believe it will all work out.
It seems easy to weather the storm (pun intended) when you are not the one going through it, but as I am literally and currently dealing with the fallout of the hurricane devastating Houston, I promise you, easy is not the first thing that comes to mind. Not to mention as a native #NewOrleanian on the eve of #Katrina, this is far from an easy time. The memories of all that was lost during Katrina, the lives that were forever changed, and now watching it happen all over again in Houston is a painful reminder of how fleeing and fickle life can truly become.
But what does come to mind during this ordeal is the story of Jonah and the whale, for more reasons than the obvious. Jonah ran from what he was purposed to do, denied who he was, became disobedient and indignant, and caused himself to be a much dire situation. When we think we know it all, fail to accept who we are and what we are supposed to do, become stubborn and impervious to reality, we often find ourselves in unfamiliar territory with little hope and less of a chance for recovery. And here is where Jonah found himself. But I have great news… this is not where the story ends.
Today I am most THANKFUL for life’s lessons. Life has a way of bringing out the best, and sometimes the worst, in all of us, but either way, it will challenge your every fiber and force you to grow and expand mentally and emotionally. Every storm is followed by sunshine, and sometimes a beautiful rainbow. Although it may be hard to find the silver lining during hardships, know that it exists. Even when you can’t see it or have doubts, hold onto that belief, fight through, and remember this too shall pass. No different from school, we are tested to see if we have learned and retained the lesson, and such is life.
We have to go through the fire to be purified and polished. Gold is dull and lackluster until it is put through extreme heat and a diamond is no more than a lump of coal before it is put through extreme pressure. From both you are rewarded with a rare and valuable jewel, just like life’s lessons. The things we go through shape us into the people we are and strive to become. Be THANKFUL for your life lessons as they are a road map to your future and breadcrumbs from where you’ve come.
Life is the greatest teacher and the lessons it offers will carry you through the best and worst days. So, take it for all it’s worth and enjoy the ride. THANK you LIFE for blessing me with opportunity after opportunity to share my lessons with all I can reach and learn from all that I meet.
What are you most THANKFUL for today? Share your life lessons and moments of THANKS with #BrotherWord.