Todd Senff was living the non-stop lifestyle: working long days to chase money in SoCal, staying in great physical shape and enjoying his small amount of free time at the lake. To many, this is known as the American Dream: working your butt off to land that perfect opportunity and looking good while doing it.
But, sometimes life has a way of wrecking your plans. Case in point: Todd was enjoying his life of financial freedom when doctors found a tumor in his brain the size of a golf ball. Waking up from this trauma with the mental capacity of an eleven-year-old, he admits that if he had not kept the right faith, he likely would have committed suicide.
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Below Todd describes how he was able to withstand the hard knocks of life and come out with an entirely reborn perspective:
1. Could you describe to us what your life was like before your injuries?
Well, working 14-16 hours a day 6 days a week, chasing money, working out, running, dirt bike riding, camping, and lake trips when I did take time off.
2. What specific health problems did you encounter?
A golf ball size brain tumor on my right frontal lobe near my motor strip,
Staph infection in my brain from surgery,
Paralysis on my left side from two back-to-back surgeries,
PTSD from the brain trauma,
Brain damage (I woke up with the mental capacity of an eleven year old),
Months of rehabilitation.
3. What was your lowest point?
Losing my ability to provide for my family, and then losing my family.
4. Were there times when you felt like you had lost all hope?
No, He was always with me.
He, I mean God (Elohim, YHWH, Jehovah, Christ, Emanuel, the true and living God).
5. What motivated you to keep going through all the pain?
6. What is your life like today?
Blessed with the Hope I have in Christ..
7. What advice would you give others that are re-entering the work world after an extended departure?
Keep the faith, trust in Christ, He will provide.
8. What gets you out of bed in the morning?
My desire to provide and make a better life for my two daughters.
9. What advice would you give your daughters for when they begin their careers?
Have faith...Don't believe in you. You are not enough.
If my hope was in me, I would have killed myself most likely.
Put your faith in Christ.
10. How have you found meaning in life outside of your career?
Serving others by serving the Lord. Simple as that.
Thus, whether you currently have faith in something greater or not, you must ask yourself:
What if this happened to me?
What if everything that I am working for is taken away?
What if my life ends up looking NOTHING like I thought it would?
How will you deal? After all, you can work until there is nothing left and it can all be taken away in a few moments. What will you have then?
I suggest faith; faith in something greater.
As humans, we tend to see things at face value. When we are happy, we think we are on the best path. Everything is easy. But, have you ever considered the positive outcomes of challenges in life? Oftentimes, overcoming these obstacles makes you a better version of yourself that you never would have become otherwise.
So, stop believing that you have all of the answers in life and that you should understand every twist and turn along the way. A great deal of life is and always will be out of your control. Let go of that already! Instead, have faith in life’s path, whether you fully understand it now or not.
Apple Cofounder & CEO, Steve Jobs, outlined this importance of having trust throughout life:
“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart even when it leads you off the well-worn path; and that will make all the difference.”
So, stop living for yourself.
Stop obsessing over all of the wrong things.
Instead, decide to trust the path and not yourself. Your life might look much different than what you thought it would be, but maybe your perspective is not telling the whole story.
Maybe there is an even better story just waiting to be written if you would only have faith.