no storm no strength

No Storm, No Strength

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?

This post is day 20 of 80 days of excellence. I've created an email list below for those of you want to be emailed the full posts written as part of this series.

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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