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A Fresh Perspective On The Storms Of Life

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Storms have a way of simplifying life.  All the non-essentials fall away quickly as the things that are really important come clearly into focus.  Rather than seeing them as a nuisance, I want to look at some of the good things that can come out of the storms we encounter.

Storms test your mettle. They reveal what you’re made of.  Sometimes this means you find out where your weaknesses are and other times you gain an awareness of your strengths in a deeper way.  Knowledge of weaknesses keeps you humble and brings a new appreciation for your strengths.

Storms create connection.  Sometimes you get carried away and think you’re doing just fine until the storm reveals where you’ve become disconnected or isolated.  It may be that you’ve unintentionally disconnected from a relationship.  Or it could be a disconnect from a set of values you once held dear.  Let the storm help you to reconnect.

Storms force you to rest.  Since you rarely have control of storms once they start, you often have no choice but to rest and take a break while riding it out.  A storm can bring a much-needed break from the busyness of life, allowing you to refocus your priorities.  Give yourself the freedom to rest during the storm.

Storms reveal where you have drifted off course.  If you’ve drifted off course, storms can be a good way of getting you back on track.  There’s nothing like a good crisis to bring a fresh perspective and new insight into your personal mission and legacy.

Storms bring a renewed focus and sense of purpose.  When day-to-day things of life get you distracted or feeling out of sorts, a storm can make it crystal clear where you should be focusing your time and energy.  Reevaluate what you’ve been focusing on and make sure that it aligns with your personal sense of purpose.

Spiritual Perspective:  The Message Bible* says it best in 2 Corinthians 12:9:  “…and then He told me, ‘My grace is enough; it’s all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness’.  Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ’s strength moving in on my weakness.”  Paul definitely had a fresh perspective after realizing that he could depend on an abundant provision of God’s strength and grace to help him, and it’s available to you as well.

Don’t let your storms go to waste.  I encourage you to put them to good use by gaining clarity of your gifts, strengths, values and sense of mission.  As your personal life coach, I can help you sort through the maze of possibilities with one of my Clear Life Purpose ™ Coaching Programs.  Don’t put it off any longer, get started now!

Truth For Your Life:  How have the storms of your life served to create awareness and bring you a fresh perspective?  What life lessons have you taken away from some of the storms you’ve encountered?  Have any of your storms turned out to be a blessing in disguise?  Leave a comment and let me know about how your storms have served you!

© 2011 Bridget Haymond.  All rights reserved.

*Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved.

 

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