The Gift of Life

by Erich

Just wanted to let you guys know why I’ve been MIA for a few days. Well two days ago, my wife gave birth to a beautiful 8 pound 9oz baby girl (I’m still in the hospital with her writing this from my phone).

It so wonderful holding that little girl in my arms. I’ve had the opportunity to travel all over the world, sky dive from 17,500 feet, scuba dive, hike Mount Fuji and live in a self-built shelter out in the woods for a month, and none of those experiences measure up to the joy of holding my daughter for the first time. What a gift.

It was interesting to ponder that experience. My wife went through so much pain to deliver so much joy. This got me thinking that it is very much a metaphor for our lives. I really believe that there must be an opposite in all things; A yin and yang if you will.

Our lives are filled with ups and downs, good and bad, pain and joy. Without understanding what is bitter, we can’t fully appreciate what is sweet. Our trials refine us and enlarge our context so that we can be filled with more happiness.

From my experience, I’ve noticed that when I’ve met and overcome my trials of faith and difficulties, afterwards my life would always seem to become so much more beautiful and enriched. It was as if that hardship enabled me to experience more of life.

Brittle metals, when forged into alloy, become stronger. The soul’s alloy, forged in the refinery of trials is no different. So the next time you’re faced with extreme difficulty or hardship, think about the possibility that God may be refining you, enlarging your context, so that you may experience life at a greater level than before.

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Comment by Phil Burns
2010-03-27 00:13:27

Congrats Bro!!! I love the way you’ve expressed the feelings of being a new parent, whether it’s the first or the eighth time – it never changes!

Prayers and love for you and yours,


Comment by Tactical Intelligence
2010-03-27 00:20:02

Thanks Phil! This is my second child but in no way (like you say) was this experience diminished.

Comment by Kelly
2010-03-27 08:34:16

Congratulations! What a wonderful post about the joys and trials of life. Enoy that baby, they don’t stay small long.


Comment by Lisa
2010-03-27 11:31:45

Congratulations!! What a wonderful experience! I tell my kids all the time that the days of their births were two of the very best days of my life. Enjoy every moment.

Comment by Dustin
2010-03-30 21:06:18

Congratulations! It’s an awesome feeling – best wishes to you, Mom, and the rest of the family. Focus on them now – we’ll be here when you get back.

Comment by Joe
2010-04-01 21:58:23

Congratulations! Great site – appreciate it

Comment by Tactical Intelligence
2010-04-06 23:57:04

Thank you all so much! It’s been great welcoming this new member to our small family! I appreciate all the great comments and support from all of you!!

Comment by Steven
2013-08-26 21:09:05

Congrats on a new baby!! Love this site!!

Comment by Tactical Intelligence
2013-08-30 18:51:46

Thanks Steven!

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