“Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.”
One of the things I like about volunteering at the hospital is that I get to meet a lot of interesting people. The fact that I’m in a wheelchair starts many conversations. People want to know what it’s like to be in a wheelchair because now they must adjust to a new lifestyle and they just need someone to listen and relate to them. Sometimes I’ve inspired people to become volunteers at the hospital. It’s not uncommon for me to hang out in a room and talk to a patient for a while. One time I talked to a patient in rehab who was new to being paralyzed and was now going to be in a wheelchair for the rest of his life. We talked for two hours. Instead of always trying to get rid of an illness or disability, (or whatever your hardship is) we should be asking, “How can I use this to glorify God, my Creator?” I don’t think my volunteer work would have the same impact on people if it wasn’t for my disability. Lord, help us to view our hardships as blessings from you. Show us how we can use them to minister to others. Amen!
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