There are some things we all need to know in order to get through our day (and to do it successfully). It's equally important for people who have disabilities as for those who don't. The very first thing is to know there is a God. Not just "a" God, but "THE" God. Everyone knows that if the compass is not set properly, the destination will not be reached. When I think about things from this premise- when I start out my day from this point - I have the right perspective. My starting point is grounded in Truth - not fact or fiction. I find that my center becomes God instead of me, myself and I! From there, I remember that He is the Creator - MY Creator. I find my purpose in Him. I realize that He has work for me today. I am not left with empty desires or fruitless jobs, but if I stay tuned into Him, I will be about His work. At the end of the day, I will have a sense of accomplishment and contentment. When I am doing those works He has designed for me, I find that I have sufficient strength, hope, faith, love and inspiration to work.
Does this mean I never experience fear or fatigue? Does this mean my faith is not challenged or that I never lose sight of what's real? No, that's not what it means. If I make a mistake and make the wrong choices, I will see warning flags like confusion or guilt or remorse. I am to take that directly to Jesus, Who will forgive, cleanse me and reset my compass.
I will have stress and difficulties along my path. I will have to give up some of the things I would rather not in order that I may possess the better things.
When the Israelites sent spies into the promised land, all but Joshua and Caleb were cast down and lost the vision that God had given them. They looked at the situation from a strictly human perspective and as a result they saw giants. They forgot Who made them, guided them and empowered them. They forgot all God had done up to that point to beat the odds and to deliver them through EVERYTHING. They forgot that even the Egyptian Pharoah and his army had been annihilated when they held God's people in bondage and would not let them go.
I'll speak more tomorrow about giants and what they represent and how we can deal with them....