Recently, when I did some health screenings at my gym, I just found out that I might have osteoporosis. Normally, doctors wouldn’t worry about that at my age, but I have cerebral palsy. This means I have limited mobility and I’m on seizure medication that steals calcium from my bones. I may have to go on medication for osteoporosis. I have to have some tests done to have it confirmed. My aide, Jessica, and I are working on weight bearing exercises in my walker to help me stay strong. Some of the challenges for me when I walk are to keep my head up and chest out.
In order to help me to remember to have good posture, Jessica put a necklace on me and told me that as I was moving, she wanted to be able to see the necklace. My head was burying the necklace every few seconds! I know what to do in my head, but getting the right message to the right part of my brain is not easy. Everything takes time.
As I worked so hard, it reminded me of how I want to walk into heaven. The Bible often talks about how those who are true Christ followers will get a crown of rewards. Have you ever thought about what your crown might look like? How have you served the Lord and honored Him with your life? If it was time for Judgement Day right now, would Christ embrace you into His arms and say you sparkled like a jewel for Him? Often, our trials in life make us grow and become more like Jesus. It’s our trials that help us learn more about God’s goodness and appreciate Him more. Instead of grumbling through our trials, we should ask, “Lord, what are you trying to teach me through this? How can I sparkle for you?” That’s when the world really becomes curious about the hope of Christ.
Even in tough times, help me not to grumble, but instead help me to sparkle like a jewel, so that I may reach others for you, bring a smile to your face, and earn my reward in heaven.
- Author’a Note: I write this blog and share this experience out of love for my other friends who have physical disabilities. I was 27 when I discovered I had osteopenia, which is the start of osteoporosis. I’m now 35. I find out if it has progressed on Wednesday August 1st at 3. The only reason the doctor did the test is because my mom asked for it. However, I’m not going to let it get me down! “Danger” is going to stand up and fight! If you have a physical disability such as cerebral palsy and are on medications, talk to your doctor. Early intervention is the key in making sure it doesn’t get worse! You have to be your own advocate!