Helen Keller wrote:
"When one door of happiness closes another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door we do not see the one that has opened for us."
Have you or a loved-one acquired a disability or incurable
condition? Do you think your happiness and the world you knew are lost because of this? Yes, it may appear that way; the door to your former life may have closed with you on the wrong side of it. As Helen Heller said -- and I can attest to the truth of her words -- another door opens but it requires that we look for it.
The new door that opens may take you in a different direction involving new realities. The old self is gone but a new self can emerge if you are open to it. That new self may be as vital and vibrant as the old self; but you must be open to exploring possibilities that may involve a change in self-identity and self-image and how you fit into the world.
Understand that how the world relates to you will likely change. How you relate to the world is up to you. There will be temptation to become bitter but resist it and turn to Christ for understanding. He has allowed this for a reason.
He may deliver you from your anguish or abide with you through it. What seems like a catastrophe to you may actually be intended to mature your spiritual character and prepare you for the world to come. Be open to God's leading.
Again, Helen Keller wrote these insightful words:
"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience and trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved."
|Me speaking against euthanasia|
& for life with dignity
to a Michigan audience
If you are facing disability or chronic illness, do not give up on life. God has a plan for you. Seek it. Pray. Find your purpose in accordance with the Bible. Go through the new door opened to you to find a world of possibilities. God loves you.
(I am available to speak to community groups, churches, or legislators about Life Issues. CONTACT: HumanLifeMatters@shaw.ca )
[Click on image below or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxBhG-EBbIM ]