Wednesday, November 29, 2006

disABLED


It was crunch time, finals were hitting me heavy when I was working on a story for my newswriting class last year about Northeastern University students with disabilites. As I was sitting in the lobby of the Disability Resource Center waiting for a crucial interview with someone from the office, I picked up a magazine called Careers & the disABLED and started browsing through it. There was something special about how they lettered the work disabled. They used lowercase letters on the 'dis' part and caps on the 'ABLED' part. It was a smart and quick way to get this point across: "Don't focus on what you can't do. Channel your energy on what you CAN do!" That really stuck with me. It's amazing how the lettering of one simple word can express so much.

Sometimes I wonder if God is trying to reach out to us like that. What words is He trying to make us see in a different light? What things in our lives is He trying to captialize?

Maybe God wants us to focus on being CHRISTians instead of us trying to be cool and getting our own way. Or maybe God wants us have compassion for pornSTARS who are being misused and mistreated when they were created to shine for Christ.

I won't pretend like I have it all together because I don't. God knows it, I know it, my family knows and if you met me you'd know it too. But I cling to this promise: "in my weakness He is strong" and "His strength is made perfect in weakness".

I'm quite fine with Jesus being the function in my dysFUNCTION. He loves me and I understand that spiritual maturity is a journey.

II Corinthians 12:9-10: But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

4 comments:

Karen of Scottsdale said...

This is a great article. I couldn't agree with you more.

Charles-A. Rovira said...

I think disABILITY is too often a limitation that others, the norms as the BBC Ouch! podcast, place on us.

Its a shame as we can be as, or more, innovative as anyone else.

Its practically forced on us as we have to be creative to cope with our diseases.

I'm a podcaster with MS and I have to be very inventive at everything I do. :-)

SolShine7 said...

Karen, I'm glad you enjoyed it. For some reason the link to your site isn't working, but here it us for anyone who would like to check it out: www.digitalKaren.com

Charles, I get what you're saying about being "more creative". I'm checking out your blogs now. Thanks for the comment.

Anonymous said...

this is another awesome blog. In our weakness ...God's love and strength is obvious.

~shalea