Friday, May 2, 2008

Overcoming disabilities have humbled me.......

Ever since I was aware of my deafness, multiple sclerosis and other disabilities, I kept thinking about how amazing God works in me which have made me stronger in heart and mind. He taught me to be humbled about my life.

Today, normal and able people should be aware that that people with disabilities are ordinary people (just like them) with common goals for a home, a job and a family. In 1997, a report called "Current Populations Report" (P7061:3-6) estimated 54 million persons in the United States, or nearly 20 percent of the population, currently live with disabilities. More than 10 years later, it is estimated about 63 million individuals. People with disabilities are often viewed as representing a minority of the population, in that people with disabilities may be less visible and not acknowledged. People with disabilities still are dealing with barriers that prevents them from being part of the society. Many people with disabilities have learned and have the ability to overcome barriers in their own ways and making sure that they are having quality of life regardless of barriers.

These people who have endured and overcame are the stronger ones than those who are healthy and able individuals. Our adversaries have made our will strong and made our desires to live stronger which caused our determination to be strong. There are many healthy and able people who never saw past the pain because they’re self-absorbed, they’re self-centered, they’re caught up in their own comfort. People who lived with disabilities have learned not to be self-absorbed, nor be self-centered or anything simply because we have learned the barriers that have humbled us. In this life, hardship is inevitable and it is useful because it produces the evidence of our true being of who we really are from within. A humbled human being who acknowledge that he/she has flaws and is able to overcome and be more understanding of others.

Our attitudes are found in our hearts (Jeremiah 17:9-10). In Proverbs 4:23 says, “...Guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.”

God charges each of us to personally model His attitude: “Do nothing out of ... vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2: 3-5).

Deep thoughts for the weekend.

I am going to watch my daughter perform dancing tonight. She is having a busy weekend performaing tonight through tomorrow night.


Nancie said...

It is so true that our disabilities humble us and make us stronger people when God enable us to weather the storms in our lives. I appreciate what God is doing in my life through my struggles with bipolar and other difficulties. It has brought me closer to God and to know what really matters in this life.

Take care. Have a blessed weekends!

Abbie said...

Each person has their own trials and tribulations and you are absolutely right, it tends to humble most of them.

whimsical brainpan said...

It shows!

I hope your daughter's performance went well.