Life Changing Events

Written by Gail Rodgers

faith_lifechangingLife changing events happen to all of us. Important events that change the course of life from that day forward.  The ones we choose are usually exciting and filled with anticipation: a wedding, a new career, a family started, a move made. All change the course of events in our lives from that day on and we step willingly into them.

It’s the other events that haunt us … the life changing events that we are plunged into without choice or warning. Individual crisis that most everyone eventually gets a turn at. The call that a loved one is dying, an accident that changes life forever, a diagnose, a breakup, a job loss all change the course of life from that moment on and we find individuals forging on in places they have not stepped willingly.

This month we commemorate the anniversary of 9/11.

That day still feels so fresh. We can hardly believe it’s been more than a decade. We distinctly remember where we were when the news came of that first airplane flying into the Twin Towers in New York. The shock, the disbelief coupled with the slow dawning realization that our world had changed that day forever.

Many individual stories filled the following days. Courage and heroism; panic and agony; kindness and sacrifice. Individual lives changed forever in a moment as we all witnessed and watched and felt our own hearts torn with the loss we could barely comprehend.

Learning from one another.

As we collectively mourn and remember this tragic day we also see some life lessons emerging. We see nuggets of wisdom and strength that we can take from this shared world-changing event, into our own quiet hardships and disasters.

The past  years have shown us the powerful strength of the human spirit. The 9/11 man-made tragedy followed in recent years by numerous natural disasters has shown us a resilience of the human spirit that is not only inspiring but comforting as well.

Courage and resolve to move forward.

As a city, New York has refused to be defined by this tragedy. She does not cower in fear and refuse to move on. This loss has somehow made this city stronger.

In a world that has seen more than enough tragic events we find a courage and resolve to keep moving.

The lessons we see on a collective world wide scale can be translated into lessons of strength as we push on in our own private world of difficult and unsought change.

Don’t let your tragedy define you.

If you are facing a hard and unwelcome change in your life that has been thrust upon you, be determined in inching forward beyond the pain. Don’t let the trouble determine who you become. Don’t let the tragedy become your definition.

Choose how you will be defined … by your loss or by your strength.

Walk forward with your eyes focused on the future.

When facing great loss there can be a sense that there is no future. Choose daily to walk with your eyes looking forward. Do something small each day to keep pressing on. Walking with your eyes cast backward is a sure way to trip and stumble.

We all need help in this journey of life.

No one is an island. We need the inspiration and encouragement of one another as we dust ourselves off from the deep pits of life and step out to move forward. Don’t isolate yourself in your pain. Be intentional about straining forward.

Reach for higher help.

  • God himself has offered us life that is overflowing with hope and divine help.
  • Active rebellion or simply passive indifference keeps us separated from Him just when we need Him the most.
  • In His great love for us He has bridged the separation by sending Christ to die in our place and to be brought back to life again.
  • Believing He sent Christ and inviting Him into your life brings you into a relationship with God that will change your life in amazing ways.

If you are facing your own life changing events today, whether through crisis or choice, invite Christ to walk with you through each day and to be your strength and your guide. You can enter this life changing relationship today by sincerely praying this prayer. It’s the best choice you will ever make.

“Lord Jesus, I need You. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life to You today and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my rebellious and independent ways and for promising me eternal life. Take control of my life and guide me through the changes I face today. Make me the kind of person You want me to be. Amen.”

3 Responses to “Life Changing Events”

  • Laura Arnold says:

    With God all things are possible.. good and bad.. hope not regret.. yesterday and today.. tomorrow is a new day.. be thankful for .. the time on this earth.. we experience thing we don’t want.. trails error.. happy sad.. reading the bible helps us all.. no matter what.. all things are possible with god..

  • Sharon says:

    to Tallulah I am sorry that you had this accident I pray that the exercise will help you give you balance back and that you will get better soon too- sharon

  • The night of August 20, 1992, my life took an unexpected turn for the worst. I was involved in an auto accident resulting in a head and spinal cord injury. It was on a foggy morning, so a local hospital transported me by ambulance to larger city hospital. I had dementia, a blood clot on the brain, collapsed lungs, a trachea, a feeding tube, and one eye was wide open, and other eye was closed. I was admitted to ICU for around the clock care, three months. The entire recovery time, I was in a coma and not aware of my surroundings doing rehabilitation. The doctors were relaying negative news to my family and friends. The day I was dismissed, my trachea was removed. I was carried back home in a coma.
    It took me limitless years to complete my rehabilitation and therapy. I had a Spinal Stenosis Surgery to improve use of all bodily functions. The doctor told me without SSS, I would be bedfast. I was informed it would be a ten-hour process, and I acquired pneumonia during surgery. When surgery was completed, I was required to take seven weeks of Post-Surgery Rehabilitation. I have participated in years of regular rehabilitation to increase my ability to function.
    I have changed a sunroom into an escape room, exercise space, relaxation room a weight lifting room, and a space for my Cockatiel Bird. My days are filled doing many exercises and weight lifting to help me regain balance. My injuries affected my balance and walking ability.
    I would appreciate suggestions or techniques on improving my balance. I have tried to move and dance around to help my coordination. I have needed to hold on to my treadmill or cardio fit to keep my small amount of balance. I have trouble moving inches without balance, PLEASE HELP ME?

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