About a month ago as i walked down the street I saw this gentleman who was obviously disabled and having a hard time walking down the street himself. As I looked at him a miriad of thoughts came to mind. I thought to myself, “why isn’t someone helping him”, “How brave of him to come out on his own”, “I wonder if he has anyone in his life who is looking out for him” ect…
So as I stood around feeling sorry for him I had a thought, He should be feeling sorry for me!! His disability is visible to the world. For the most part the world will make provisions to accomodate him. Where as, a lot of what ails us able-bodied humans leaves us less able to properly navigate life.
Disabled- Having a physical or mental condition that limits movements, senses or activities.
I can think of so many instances where I let fear dabilitate me. Fear of people, fear of the future …I remember everything being perfectly fine and me allowing my mind to take me on a never ending roller coaster that made me sick to my stomach, LITERALLY!! My fear disabled me in a way that made me lose an alarming amount of weight, grow many painful stomach ulcers, and lose my hair. But guess what, I had to walk around the world pretending I was OK. The thing about pretending is it’s only effective in our own minds. The world sees and experiences us at the level of individual mindset. No matter what facial expression we wear reality pushes our true selves through. With that being said I’ve suffered many disabilities. Fear, Insecurity, Rejection, False sense of ego, Anger, ect.
Whether we know it or not these things stunt us. They keep us in a box. Doesn’t truly allow us to see ourselves, others, or our circumstances properly. The filter we see life out of effects how we handle life. Which to make my initial point, disables us. Let me be clear…we all have a very unique perspective based on our life’s experience. The thing we must keep in mind is that where you are strong I make be weak. Lets always grace one anothers disabilities. Lets understand that we all have different experiences that leave us changed either on the outside or within.
Ephesians 4:2 Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.