I love the commercial where children from St. Jude hospital, who have varying disabilities refuse to be called handicapped. Though they recognize that they are limited in some ways, they also believe that they are blessed in other ways. They refuse to allow their limitation to make them a lesser person.
One of my grandchildren was a born premature and along with that came the disease, cerebral palsy. This disease left her with major problems with her legs and has had to have surgery to give her more mobility. Yesterday I was talking with her and she just made my heart leap. She said that last year when we were here and she became a Christian, she decided to not let her disability make her a handicap but she had decided to turn it into an asset.
This attitude is the key to living a rich and full life. It is the product of Christ working from within you to give you victory over your circumstances. Everyone has limitations and circumstantial problems of one type or another. I have never met a woman who felt she had no flaws nor a person who felt they had enough wealth not a star who was secure in their fame. All of these things are temporary. Age will steal a person’s beauty, the spotlight is only for a moment, and wealth is limited and will be gone at death. What a person becomes in their victories are what make them more than what they were. It is in the struggles that they are stretched into greater capacities.
One of the greatest examples of this transformation process is the Apostle Paul who started out persecuting the church and was the leader at the stoning of Stephen. After his conversion on the road to Damascus, he became the Apostle to the Gentiles and wrote 9 books of the New Testament. At one point in his ministry, he was given “a thorn in the flesh” and asked the Lord three times for it to be removed. The Lord refused to remove it and stated “My strength is made perfect in weakness.”
1John 5:4 For whatsoever is begotten of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that hath overcome the world, even our faith. Note: the eth ending on the word overcome. It means that it is a contentious action and not a one time event. Also, note that the faith referenced is faith in Jesus as Lord of life. When we entrust ourselves to Him and follow in faithful obedience; then He uses His power to enable us to overcome whatever we face. We can take life head on without fear and live it as it was intended. Our struggles become the tools that God uses to deliver us out of this sin filled world.