Posted by: Don Linnen | 30 September 2011

Soul Work

“Never does a man know the force that is in him till some mighty affection or grief has humanized the soul.” Frederick W. Robertson

Think of some of the worst times in your life. If you’re able to recall them it means they didn’t kill you. You may have felt ravaged emotionally, physically, financially, socially – or all the above. But you survived.

Kung Fu’s Caine (David Carradine) learns from Master Kan: “The soul does not keep time. It merely records growth.” It may be one time we do well to learn about loss from vintage television.

How often have you been disappointed you weren’t picked for the new position in your organization? for another position in a new organization? 

How often were your decisions financially debilitating to you? to others? How often were your choices or simply your words devastating to people you cared about?

I’ve heard it said “I wouldn’t take a million dollars for the experience I gained – and you cannot pay me a million dollars to go through it again.” I’ve also lived it. More than once.

Living through it means you survived. History means you can look back on it. The strength and depth of your soul means you grew from it.

“We know that suffering produces perseverance;  perseverance, character;  and character, hope.  And hope does not disappoint…” Romans 5:3-5 tells us why.

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