Thursday, March 11, 2010

The Life Blog: Russell Fragar

Here's a brief message by worship leader Russell Fragar that is simplistic in nature, but profound in its implications. Here's the link to his blog which is the part of The Life Church in Manassas. He's known internationally due to his role in the early days of Hillsong worship music. Here's his official website. Enjoy!


About two years ago a huge eighty-foot oak tree came down in our backyard. It fell overnight. We didn’t hear it happen, but there it was in the morning, sprawling all over the backyard. Even after it fell, the tree looked as if it had been healthy apart from one area low down on the trunk.

Within a few days, the old tree was cut into large chunks and left in an enormous pile at the edge of lawn where it remained until a few days ago, when Bobby came over with a log splitter and a couple of chainsaws. We set about turning this big pile into small logs we could use in the fireplace, a job which took all day.

As we split apart the logs I was really surprised by many things I saw hidden inside. Over the decades, the tree had grown over old breakages, burnt trunks, dead branches and more. All the old damage was invisible from the outside. And many times the strongest, most difficult parts of the wood to break apart were where old damage had occurred. The tree had turned injuries into strengths.

But from the outside you would never have known any of this. Time and growth had healed all the injuries of the past and the tree had gone on to live a very long and beautiful life.

For us, going on after a major difficult life-event is a choice. Some people hit a life-crisis and they seem to stop there. Their lives become focused around an injury or hurt and all future growth is suspended indefinitely.

But other people just seem to be able to move on, and turn their hurts into hope. They get through it, and go on to live healthy and beautiful lives. You would never know from the outside what they had been through.

I think there are a few things that help us move on after tough experiences. You have to
• Believe you can move on
• Focus on what the future holds, making it bigger than the past
• Forgive and let go, This is a process not just an event

Moving on takes courage, but compared to the pain of staying stuck in a bad place, it is far preferable.

You were destined to live a long and beautiful life, full of surprising events, odd angles and of constantly moving towards the light. Mark Twain said “Life is just one darn thing after another”. Twists and turns happen, but destiny is calling.
“One thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:13-14).

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