What do you see in this picture? I’ll tell you what I see.
Twenty-three of them, to be exact.
To be sure, they’re not ready yet to go on the tables at my daughter’s wedding reception next March. But it’s not something that 25 minutes and a chainsaw can’t fix.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned in 5-1/2 decades of life, it’s this: Getting through life is all about perspective. It’s not as simple as being a “glass half-full” type of person. “The power of positive thinking” was a great book back in its day, but that phrase is now cliche’.
It’s about taking what life presents to you, and choosing what you can do with it.
This has become even more critical to me, as someone very close to me has been diagnosed with aggressive cancer. For the second time in 10 years.
How do you “make the best” of a cancer diagnosis? The simple fact is, you don’t. There are just some lemons that won’t make lemonade. But defeat is not the only option.
I’ll let Jesus, the only man who was ever victorious over death and the grave, explain.
You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. – Matt. 5:13-16
Has anyone ever been a light to others by taking a negative approach to any problem?
I didn’t think so.
Even just one of these tree trunks would break a table. Properly prepared, they will adorn 23 tables in beauty and simplicity.
When properly prepared by the One who brought the light into this world, so it can also be with our lives.