“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”
For quite awhile, my wise father has told me that more of my writing should focus on my disability. I have shied away from this, not because I have a problem discussing this (those who know me will tell you that the opposite is true) but because I don’t want my disability to define me. As was said of Elijah, in the book of James, I am simply a man with like passions as many of you, my faithful readers.
Most of the burdens God has placed on my heart have little or nothing to do with being a disabled individual. A recent event in the news has led me to realize that God is calling me to do a series of blog posts on dealing with my disability. Over the next few weeks I will I address my struggles in the following areas: education, employment, relationships, and personal care.
You are probably wondering by now what might be prompting this series. Blogger Christina Symanski was injured in a swimming accident on June 5, 2005. Six years and many blog posts later, she died in December 2011 after starving herself to death. To me, one of the saddest parts of the story is that her boyfriend (whom she wanted to “liberate”) was committed to her and today says he can’t see himself with someone else.
I hope over the next few weeks to look at the biblical perspective on facing the challenges of life. Hopefully, you will be encouraged to embrace life and pass on that encouragement to others. I am also hoping this will help jumpstart my autobiography project.
PS: Here is the story to which I am referring.