Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Disabilities Aren't Always a Bad Thing
I've been having a discussion with a group on Facebook about what's good about being in a wheel; about having a disability. Now many people, both those who are disabled and those aren't, see this question and laugh. Surely, there can be nothing good about having a disabled. Uhm, I may beg to differ, depending on the day. I was strangled at birth by the umbilical cord That caused me to have Cerebral Palsy. I'd like to think that before I was born that God asked me if I would be disabled for a reason. I hope that through my struggles, I have inspired others. I can look back at my life and sees the path that my disability has sewn: It's the reason my family became Christian, the reason I got to go to college, the reason I chose to major in Social Work, the reason I met my husband and so forth. Most people see disabilities as negative, and while most disabilities have negative aspects that go along with them; but then again most people who breathe life encounter negative aspects that goes along with that life. We all have two choices; we can either spend our life complaining and hold a self pity party with the negatives being the hostess with the mostest; or we can take the negatives and try to make our life a little bit better because of them. I know many problems in life seem massive and people think that nothing go can come of them. And if we simply look at them with the naked eye; we can't. However, when we break down our negatives (at this point forward I'll refer to them as disabilities), we can see thing that we might be able to when we look at them as a whole. There is an old saying; "How do you eat an elephant? One piece at a time, of course." There are many thing we may not be able to do, we must concentrate on the thing we can do. Even the simplest thing as smiling at a caregiver who may be having bad day; maybe you cheered them up. We are not on this earth to live solo lives. God created us to have relationships and to help and to love others. Hebrews 13:2 says "Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unaware." We should never let our disability hinder our ability to do God's will. It's not even a choice. it is our duty to do what God calls us to, no matter what cost to us.