“Courage promotes leaders; fear demotes them.” “Most people who have difficulties climbing up success ladders are fans of fear.” ~ Israelmore Ayivor: Leaders’ Ladder
During times of transition, whether it is personal or we are supporting someone we care about, the key to being successful and healthy through these times is standing firm on the rungs of our faith, our community, and our knowledge that we may have been created for just this moment or event.
I have been practicing being healthier in my thinking and redirecting negativity to finding the positive in whatever I am dealing with. I am not being naïve or “lollipops and roses” as my husband says sometimes, but taking situations and turning them into thoughts of, “What if this very moment is my time, my reason for being created?” or “How will this be able to be used as a blessing or lesson for someone else?” When I think this way, it takes the sting from my situation, does not allow me to implode, and creates a ladder with rungs of hope that others may be able to climb and cling to when my story is shared and they realize they are not alone.
I am reminded through history of those men and women whom were called into horrible and trying situations so they could become a catalyst as well for hope, strength, and encouragement, the human ladder so to speak, for God to work in His mysterious ways. One such story demonstrates this concept very well…
“One cold winter night in Epworth England, the church bell began to ring. Awakened from their sleep, the townspeople ran out into the night and to their dismay, the sky was illuminated by a house engulfed in flames! This house was one of a well-loved family in their town. A crowd gathered to fight the fire, working desperately, feverishly but it was too late. The house had become an unquenchable inferno.
Samuel and Susanna had escaped the flames, along with six of their children. However it was soon discovered that one child was missing, no one could find Johnny. Realizing the worst, Samuel headed toward the blaze, only to be held back from certain death by the townspeople.
The loss of a child is a terrible tragedy but the loss of both father and child? That would have been too much to bear. So in silent torture, they all stood by helplessly watching the fire wrap searing arms around this families most valued possession, their little boy.
Then someone in the crowd shouted, “Look!”
A little face had appeared in an upstairs window. Johnny had awakened and unable to escape through the flames had made his way to the window. In an instant, two men ran toward the house. One climbed upon the shoulders of the other as they stretched and distended their bodies to form a human ladder up to the child. The heat was so intense that their clothes began to smoke but within moments, the child was pulled through the window and brought to safety on the arms of a living ladder.
The little guy who was saved that night was none other than John Wesley, the man God used to shake the world into the “Great Awakening” of the eighteenth century.
Years later Wesley wrote, “That night I was plucked as a brand from the burning fires to do the work of God.”
Mary Farrar: Choices
Our stories can and should be reminders that when God chooses to work in a nation, neighborhood, home, or individual, He always does it through the choices people make and act upon. People like you and me can be the ladder of success to bring hope to the world. Just as the story above, God used two individuals, willing to work together, to be clear-thinking, bold, and act in little regard to themselves to bring about a larger plan.
No matter where you are in life or what mistakes, bad choices, you think you have made, it is never too late, and we need those stories as well! Let’s continue to step up, step out and build the ladder with rungs of hope, peace, and community.
“The rung of a ladder was never meant to rest upon, but only to hold a man’s foot long enough to enable him to put the other somewhat higher.” ~ Thomas Huxley