While loading trucks in his hometown of Owatonna, Minnesota, Adam Young developed insomnia. Little did he realize that his insomnia would make him famous. As Young could not sleep, he would go down into the basement of his parent’s house and make music on the computer. After satisfied with a composition, he would upload it to the social networking site, MySpace. One song in particular went viral, the song, “Hello Seattle.” Fortunately for Young, the song caught the attention of some at the Universal Republic record company. This led to the July, 2009 release of the album, “Ocean Eyes,” which featured the single, “Fireflies.” Since its release, “Fireflies” has become a phenomenal hit and has ensured Young’s place within the music industry.
It would have been so easy for Young to have complained about the insomnia. He could have remained in bed and been miserable. He could have gotten up and just watched television. He could have engaged in immoral activities on the Internet. Instead, he chose to take something that was a negative, and make it a positive. He decided to use his insomnia to make music. How do you and I respond to the things that we perceive as being negative in our lives? I know that this is something with which I daily struggle. It is so easy to complain. It is even easier to engage in activities intended to distract us for a short period of time. When we follow such a course, we have nothing to show for the trials and tribulations with which we are faced.
Let us strive to take the bad in our life and seek ways to bring good out of it. Remember the words of the apostle Paul as recorded in 2 Corinthians 4:17.
For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison…
Though contextually, Paul is referring to one’s eternal reward, it does not do harm to the text to include earthly accomplishments. The light, momentary affliction we experience can certainly produce something glorious here on Earth as well. It is a matter of choosing to make it so. The old axiom, coined by Dale Carnegie, remains true for the Christian today. “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”