Renaissance Means “Rebirth”
The Renaissance time period is often viewed as a bridge from the Middle Ages to the Modern Era. The Middle Ages experienced a tremendous amount of political upheaval, deadly plagues, the heavy-handed rule of the Roman Catholic Church, and overall general chaos. As the European continent slowly emerged from the late Middle Ages, “new” ideas in literature, music, art, technology, and politics began to surface.
Historians generally credit the time period spanning the 14th through the 17th centuries as the Renaissance. The term “renaissance” means rebirth. It was out of a difficult period in human history that a cultural and intellectual transformation took place.
Problems Can Change People
When people encounter difficulties, it often causes them to pause and think. They think about causation. They consider solutions. They attempt to determine if they are part (or all) of the problem in the first place.
I know this happened in my own personal life. Around age 39-40, the wheels of my life came flying off. My family was ripped apart, and I was handed a divorce I didn’t want. I experienced pain and anguish that I wouldn’t wish upon my worst enemy.
But, with the help of close friends and a great personal counselor, I embraced the pain. I took a long, hard look at myself and my part in my failure. I vowed to myself that I would never go through something like that again. This was definitely not the vision or desire of my life.
Something had to change. I needed to change.
I allowed the difficulties of life to transform me into the person that I wanted to become. As a follower of Jesus Christ, I allowed Him to shape me into the kind of person He wants me to be.
And because of such intense pain, I experienced an amazing rebirth on the other side of the difficulty.
Have You Experienced A Rebirth?
How about you? Have you gone through a recent difficulty? Maybe a divorce, death, job loss, financial hardship, or illness?
I don’t know what has happened in your unique situation. I would just encourage you to get help. Talk out your problems with a friend. Seek out the assistance of a professional counselor. Unpack your baggage. Then, after you’ve made it through the grief process, embrace your challenges. Own them like you’ve never owned them before. And, finally, allow the entire process to transform you. Experience rebirth in your life at every level.
Do you have a life challenge and rebirth story to share?