Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Let It Lift You Up

I recently heard a routine by comedian Mike Williams, in which he talked about seeing a bald eagle. He was thrilled at the sight of this magnificent bird, but as he went to get his camera a storm came up, with strong winds he was afraid would chase the bird away. Instead, the bird flew into the headwinds and let them lift him up. His first thought was, "That'll preach." (For those like me, raised in the evangelical church, that should sound familiar).

His take-away message was this: When something goes against you, when an event or person threatens you, find a way to use that to lift you up. Life isn't going to be easy for those of us who unashamedly follow Christ. As my friend, Dr. Steve Farrar reminds me, "There is a place called Heaven...and this ain't it." So when trials come, I'm going to look for a way to make them lift me up and make me stronger.

To see and hear Williams' whole routine, click here.

How about you? Had something bad happen to you that you were able to turn into a positive? I have. I'd love to hear your experiences.

(photo via freedigitalphotos.net)

4 comments:

Theresa Lode said...

Funny, I was thinking about a very similar thing this morning. How we frame things when stuff doesn't go the way we want them to can provide a radically different outlook.

I try to remind myself that failure is only failure if I choose to look at that way. I prefer to regard it as FEEDBACK.

Or how about this…Sometimes we win, sometimes we learn. (Hat tip to John Maxwell!)

Thanks for some great thoughts, Doc!

Richard Mabry said...

Thanks, Theresa. When I heard this story, like Williams, I thought, "That'll preach." Glad you liked it as well.

Sixto Molina said...

Thanks for sharing this, this was my first viewing of Mike Williams' comedy (I guess I need to get out more often), but certainly worth the time!

Richard Mabry said...

Thanks, Sixto. Appreciate your comment.