Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and
dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.—John 12:24
One of the secrets of the universe is this: Death leads to life.
An acorn on a tree is just an acorn. But if it falls off the tree, dies, and finds it’s way to the appropriate soil, it has the capacity to produce more trees. Fruit, vegetables, even animals must die in order to be eaten and to help sustain the lives of other living things.
All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return. (Ecclesiastes 3:20) And so we say, from dust to dust. It’s the poetic, inevitable, cycle of life.
Ultimately, when a living thing dies, and you put it in the ground, it becomes the ground. It re-enters the creative space of life’s design.
Death can produce life. But you have to plant the seeds.
Death isn’t the end. Failure isn’t final. Disappointment can lead to dancing. Loss can ultimately produce great gains.
An acorn must fall to the ground before the seed can produce new trees. At first blush, it looks like tragedy. But if you give it time, some scattered seeds from old dead acorns can eventually grow a forest.
Albert Einstein didn’t speak until he was four years old. He had teachers that said he would “never amount to much.”
Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team. He went home, locked himself in his room and cried.
Walt Disney was fired from a newspaper for “lacking imagination.”
The Beatles were rejected by Decca Recording Studios who said, “We don’t like their sound–they have no future in show business.”
Oprah Winfrey was demoted from her job as news anchor because she “wasn’t fit for television.”
Arthur Blank and Bernie Marcus were fired from their home improvement jobs. In 1978 they came together to start Home Depot.
These world-changers’ legacies live on because failure is a prerequisite for success.
You wouldn’t be who you are without the failure and disappointment you’ve experienced. The question is, are you leveraging the loss? Are you planting the seeds of death to enable new life spring forth?
Things die. New things are born. Plans fail. New opportunities are born. Greater, more purposeful living comes from experiences of death—disappointment, loss, and pain.
How have you seen death turn into new life—or become a new start? In what ways do you need a fresh start today?
Put a sign or note beside your bed that says:
Welcome to a brand new day! Anything can happen.