Leveraging Your Tragedy To Accelerate Your Transformation!

Happy Weekend!

My Snowboarding Accident

I intended to blog yesterday of course, but I nailed my head on an ice spot snowboarding on Thursday and I couldn’t open my eyes for most of yesterday. The wipe out was so bad, it ripped one of my feet out of the binding! Amazingly, I lived. lol. (Photo above: Cole Moore at the Wintergreen Terrain Park)

Really it was by far, the worse head injury of my life. Honestly, I laid on the ground wondering if I was taking my final breaths. I thought I heard my skull break, saw bright red fire in both of my eyes, kept reaching my hand around back to see if blood was pouring out.

If I still had health insurance, I would have waited for ski-patrol and gone to the hospital by helicopter. Its wild, how much more we lean on God when we don’t have other options.

This morning, my headache is almost gone, but my neck still feels like Bruce Lee gave me the Mongolian Chop! lol (whimper, whimper) I’ll never snowboard without a helmet again.

That Could Have Ended My Life

Call me crazy, but I really feel like God healed me when I cried out to Him. I’ve been around long enough to know that Thursday could have been the end of my journey. I remember laying there, saying out loud, “Oh dear God, please don’t let this be the end of my life. Please heal my skull and help me walk away from this.” And shockingly, I did.

Thursday’s accident showed me that anything can happen when we are least expecting it to happen, and then our time will be up. Life is short. We can waste it or make it count.

Some people may read this blog and wonder why I’m making such a big deal over a little accident like this. You might feel tempted to say, “Hey Chuck, it’s not like you flipped your car going 80mph, went through the windshield, and hit a tree with your body.”

Can God Use It To Accelerate My Transformation?

Yet, for some strange reason, this was a huge deal to me. It really felt like a near death experience. It made me look at my wife and kids in a whole new light. I’ve spent so much of my last 30 some hours thinking about the kind of person I want to be in the future. I don’t want to take another ten years to work out some of my major glitches of character. I hope that this accident shakes me up so badly, that God uses it to accelerate my transformation.

I suddenly have the greatest hunger for God’s presence I’ve had in many years. All I want to do is read from my Bible and then meditate on the verses I’m reading. God is using this new reality of my physical frailty to awaken my passion for him. I want Him to purge away my foolish pride and make me 100 times more like Jesus.

Leveraging Your Tragedy To Accelerate Your Transformation!

Everyone has those moments in life when we are interrupted by something cataclysmic. For some, it is the loss of a dear friend or relative. For others, it is the sudden ending of a career. It can be triggered with a life threatening medical report or a deteriorating marriage. We live in a fallen world and bad things still happen to good people.

Sometimes, life will throw us from our high horses, to interrupt our destructive life patterns, so that God can give us a new heart and a new life vision. This is exactly what happened to the Apostle Paul (formerly named Saul).

“Meanwhile, Saul was uttering threats with every breath and was eager to kill the Lord’s followers. So he went to the high priest. He requested letters addressed to the synagogues in Damascus, asking for their cooperation in the arrest of any followers of the Way he found there. He wanted to bring them—both men and women—back to Jerusalem in chains.

As he was approaching Damascus on this mission, a light from heaven suddenly shone down around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, ‘Saul! Saul! Why are you persecuting me?’

‘Who are you, lord?’ Saul asked.

And the voice replied, ‘I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting! Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.’

The men with Saul stood speechless, for they heard the sound of someone’s voice but saw no one! Saul picked himself up off the ground, but when he opened his eyes he was blind. So his companions led him by the hand to Damascus. He remained there blind for three days and did not eat or drink.” (Acts 9:1-9 NLT)

(Then God connected Saul with a man named Ananias)

“So Ananias went and found Saul. He laid his hands on him and said, ‘Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road, has sent me so that you might regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.’ Instantly something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he got up and was baptized.” (Acts 9:17-18 NLT)

(And Saul emerged from this interruption as the greatest leader in New Testament history!)

Do you feel like your life pattern needs to be interrupted? I’m not suggesting that you wish for tragedy. Just that you pay better attention to the interruptions. Instead of complaining about the pain and sacrifice… maximize the potential of such happenings. Leverage your interruptions for a new heart and a new life vision!

A long and radical blog for sure. I do hope that my words add tremendous value to your beautiful life. As always, thank you for being enthusiastic about our ministry.

Your thoughts?

Here is a great song for this moment: Citipoint Worship, Offer My Life.


Just like every morning, I just finished praying for you very passionately. I sincerely hope you feel the difference all day long.

With much love…

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9 thoughts on “Leveraging Your Tragedy To Accelerate Your Transformation!

  1. WOW! Thank you! Sometimes I need a reminder and I know we have an AWESOME FATHER! Your blogs this week have helped me so much and have been right with me and letting me know what I have to do and I want to thank you for that…I'm excited to see what GOD has in store for me this year! I know this is going to be a great year! Take it easy this weekend and hope you have a great weekend!

  2. Thank you Pastor Chuck for sharing your reflections, insight and scripture. It seems to me that both of us have had an interesting week…your snowboarding situation and my medical test being postponed…like they say, "everything happens for a reason"…Nevertheless, both situations reminded me of a quote I once read in a book of quotations, "Digestion is the key to life".

    • You are so welcome ladies! Thank you for reading and thank you for being the living specimens of God's glory. I learn so much from everyone in this blog tribe… sometimes, it absolutely blows me away!

  3. Im way behind in my blog reading, sorry Pastor. I was praying for you though! Reading this now takes me straight back to June 2004 to when "Tragedy meant Transformation" for me and my family too!

    I don't make a habit of telling people "I know how you feel" in situations because we all can experience very similiar circumstances but yet react and feel very different.

    I will say what you wrote made a lot of sense and what you experienced was and/is a miracle in my opinion. Yes, that is my opinion but I feel well qualified in my position after taking all the educated "field trips" I have journeyed on.

    What happened with you spiritually sounds like what happened with me! I tunneled into God more and more and that is how our family ended up at Destiny!

    Something happens when we are faced at that crossroads. We discover new things about ourselves. Things about others, stuff that really matters. For me, it was like looking at life through a whole new lens. Maybe that is why God has me carry a camera around now! its to show the rest of the world what that lens looks like.

    Life does change at that crossroads. Decisions are made. Just like you said you asked God to heal your skull and allow you to get up and walk out of there, He did! I am reminded of Psalm 18, particularly verses 18-19 which says to me that the enemy meets us at these crossroads, these times of disaster but God is there for us waiting for us to call out for HIS help. He will deliver me because He loves me.

    I also felt in your words how you described what people may think meaning you didn't wreck a car, etc. Head Injury is called by brain injury specialist "walking wounded", "the silent injury", why? Cause for the most part you don't see the real damage that has been done.

    Thank God! And continue to thank him! I do. Your life as you knew it could have changed forever last Thursday. You could have gotten up and seemed fine but then forgot things like how to type, how to recall your book, planning, speech, or where you parked your car. I know I am very thankful you are ok AND that you will wear a helmet next time! We love you!!!!

    Trust me. I know.

    • Thanks VIckie… and you are right. Your June 2004 story is amazing! Every time I think about what you've been through and the person you are today, I am SO inspired! True Elaine, whatever fails to kill us definitely makes us better (when it let it make us better). Love you guys!! 🙂

  4. So I too am a little behind on my blog reading after a crazy busy but wonderful weekend! I have had many situations in my life that have helped me grow faster than I ever thought possible!

    You know the old saying "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger" well in many cases that is true! If you choose (as you did) to take that experience and reflect and learn from it it will! I thank God for the tragedies, experiences that no one would ever look or hope for, or bad timing that can be used to make me a stronger person in my walk with God, character, and every other aspect in life!