Cody Byrns: Author of Scar Release | Episode 20

Cody Byrns: Author of Scar Release | Episode 20

How do you keep your faith and move forward after a trauma? What should you do to heal from the physical and emotional scars? What is the hardest lesson to learn after a tragedy?

In this podcast episode, Billy and Brandy Eldridge speak with Cody Byrns about his book Scar Release: Breaking Free of Yesterday’s Troubles and the experience that led him to write it.

Meet Cody Byrns

Cody Byrns is an internationally recognized speaker, a number one best-selling author, and the founder of The Cody Byrns Foundation for Burn Survivors. In May 2013, Cody’s life was changed drastically after he was rear-ended by a box-truck whilst stopped at a red light on the highway. He was considered dead until first responders saw his hand move. He received many injuries that day, including severe burns to almost 40% of his body. After years of countless surgeries and rehabilitation, Cody has chosen to not allow his scars to keep him bound in bitterness and defeat. Instead, he uses his story to uplift others.

His vision is to help people live free from the bonds of scars (physical and emotional), equipping others with the proper steps to walk out of their past hurt and defeat and run toward their full potential. As a thought leader, he speaks worldwide to provide relevant, applicable, and thought-provoking messages.

Visit Cody’s website, connect on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

In This Podcast

Summary

  • Getting involved with the ministry
  • Questioning God after his accident
  • Moving forward and keeping the faith
  • The aftershock
  • Cody’s life today
  • The hardest thing that Cody had to learn

Getting involved with the ministry

Cody grew up going to church with his cousins before his parents were saved, when they took him to kids camp. He saw one of the speakers there who was also a juggler, and that stuck in his mind as something he wanted to do one day. In his younger years, he felt a calling to do clown ministry and gained a lot of confidence through that. He was known for his juggling and comedy, so he honed those skills and continued with clown ministry after high school, where he joined a ministry training program in Illinois. He worked part-time as an associate children’s pastor at his church, while doing additional schooling and getting his pastoral credentials until he started working full-time and traveling for the job.

Questioning God after his accident

I don’t believe God did this to me, I believe we live in a world where things just happen. We, as human beings, we have free will, things will occur, whether I’m a Christian or not a Christian. However, the benefit of being a Christian is I have Jesus to cling to.

Cody does not claim to be a perfect human being or anything like that, but he was definitely trying his best to do everything right in his life, so after his accident he was constantly wondering why it had happened to him and questioning God. Then a pastor from one of the churches he had spoken at before the accident contacted him. He wanted to connect Cody with a fellow burn survivor who had been speaking for years to military personnel and at schools and churches. Cody contacted this man, and he told the story about his burn tragedy which had led to scars on his face and amputated fingers.

One day, this man was on television with a lady who told him that God allowed the accident to happen because He could trust him with the scars. That statement changed his entire life, and made Cody look at his tragedy in the same way. Now, he uses his story in his ministry and displays his scars, including the emotional ones which are often the most difficult ones from which to recover.

Moving forward and keeping the faith

Having such a strong foundation in place from an early age made a big difference for Cody after his accident, as he definitely had a great support system. He also came to understand just how short life is, and that he should use the invaluable time he is given on this Earth to make a difference in others’ lives, which he tries to do through ministry and the bigger audience he can now reach since his accident. With that huge realization about life being so short, Cody also tries to focus on the eternal life that God promises and spreading that message of promise and hope to encourage as many people as he can.

The aftershock

Cody has benefited from not having any conscious recollection of the accident itself, but he still experienced aftershock similar to PTSD, particularly when he had to start driving himself between home and his therapy sessions. Fear kept trying to take control by filling his mind with negative thoughts such as “The last time I was here was whenever my life changed drastically. Do I dare get in the driver’s seat again?” Cody didn’t want to live his life in fear, so he worked on reframing the situation, not letting fear control him, and actively choosing to believe that just because it happened once does not mean it’s going to happen again.

Cody’s life today

Now 30 years old, Cody has seen a lot of remarkable things happen in his life since that experience. He became a best-selling author, got many opportunities to travel, and has spoken to a lot of people in a lot of different places about his experiences. He is extremely grateful for the valuable lessons he has learned along the way and is still learning and growing with God’s guidance and help, especially with speaking to others and making an impact in their lives.

The hardest thing that Cody had to learn

Cody battled with depression after being impatient with his own recovery and lack of progress for a long time. He had to learn to be understanding and patient with the whole process and know that everything that has to happen will happen in due course. He encourages people, no matter what they’re going through, to take these four E.P.I.C. steps:

  1. Embrace Challenges
  2. Provide Perspective
  3. Implement Change
  4. Celebrate and Serve

Books by Cody Byrns

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Meet Billy Eldridge

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Meet Billy, the resident beta male. For Billy, this is a place to hang out with other beta males and the people who love them. We’re redefining what beta males look like in the world. I have learned to embrace my best beta self, and I can help you to do the same. As a therapist, I understand the need to belong. You belong here. Join the REVOLUTION.

Meet Brandy Eldridge

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Hello, Beta friends. I am an alpha personality who is embracing the beta way of life. I feel alive when connected with people, whether that is listening to their stories or learning about their passions. Forget small talk, let’s go deep together. Come to the table and let’s have some life-changing conversations.

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