Darkest Before The Dawn
By Tobin Crenshaw
Theodore Roosevelt's wife and mother both died on the same night. This excruciating experience helped shape the man he would become as he went into solitude for many months to heal and recover. The scars he bore from this tragedy gave him a strength and a resolve that would carry him into the presidency.
Steve Jobs, who famously founded Apple, was just as famously fired from this same company. Years later he was brought back into the company because they needed his genius to turn things around. His creativity and innovation and ability to see things as they could be took Apple from a $5 billion dollar company into a $170 billion dollar company in ten years.
What did Jobs do to accomplish this? He turned boring computers into colorful, hip and fun additions to the home and office. He created computers that were red, green, blue and yellow and the world ate it up. He charted the course where none had seen the potential, using his pain to create something new.
Woody Allen once shared, "Eighty percent of success is showing up." Henry Ford famously said, "A handful of men have become very rich by paying attention to details that most others ignored."
What they have learned is that people that reach their goals are the ones who don't stop at the sight of adversity.
I learned from author and Nigerian minister D. K. Olukoya that to fulfill your destiny you need two things, prayer to make power change from the hands of the enemy to the hands of the Holy Spirit, and "Seek the restoration of your destiny through aggressive prayer."
Notice he qualifies prayer with the word aggressive. It is an undaunted strength that pushes through until one reaches the light at the end of the tunnel. It is stepping through the darkness and declaring, confessing, decreeing and commanding prayer with confidence and boldness.
I once spent a day at a seminar discussing what organizations and families really need most to bring about successful change. While having the right skills and improving on your strengths is important, what is most needed is leadership with strong character. What is needed is people who will show up when it is easy, and when it is hard. What is needed is holding onto heaven when everything around you seems to be coming apart.
In scripture days are counted from evening until morning, very different from how we count time in our culture. The day ends with the light, not with the dark. The spiritual lesson is clear. We should seek and find the same for our faith, that with prayer and strength we live day to day, walking in the light as he is in the light, knowing it truly is darkest before the dawn.
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