The trees grew long and tall in the protected biodome. Scientists marveled at their beauty, rapid growth, and height. There was only one problem. The trees were weak.
They were weak because there was no wind in the biodome. The biodome was protective, so no storm ever battered these trees.
No Storm, No Strength
Scientists discovered that trees without wind or weather had no strength. For in the wind and storm, trees develop deeper roots. As they are battered, the wood grows thicker.
Much like us.
While it would be nice to have no wind or storms in our lives, that is not life. Life is full of storms.
Some of the strongest people I know have been blasted by the worst storms. Death. Illness. Betrayal. Hurt. Loneliness. Bullying. Unkindness.
These things do not need to ruin us. They can drive us deep.
In our family, when we are battered, we ask if we're driving our lives with faith or feelings. Storms can hurt. We can wish they would be done. We can feel overwhelmed.
But storms can drive us deep.
In our family, as Christians, as we look at our lives through eyes of faith, we know that no tear is wasted and no pain is useless. Storms, oddly enough, can make us stronger when we go deep.
Most excellent people weather epic storms.
As part of our emphasis on excellence, ask yourself, when you're battered by the storm – where do you draw your strength?
Are you driven by feelings or faith?
Do you go deep or do you fight the storm?
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