Vision beyond my crutches

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I sometimes struggle to see myself the way God sees me because of my physical disability.

The majority of people will tell you that they desire to be different however they would also say that are some limits in the ways they wish to stand out. How many of us are proud of the labels that society has attached to us?

What about the natural standouts, the ones we are born with like me, people who are born with a physical disability?!

My physical disability is not something I signed up for, yet it has made me stand out any place I happen to be—basing my self-worth on how others see me, feeling shame, defining my value based on my physical limitations.  

If we are living to make sure others approve of us, we give them permission to evaluate us based on their perception—this gives them power to determine our self-worth. Many of us “internalized family members” who voices are in our head. Have you ever been in a situation where you had to make a decision and you can hear a critical family member saying, “I told you so?”

Many of us are so concerned of the affirmation, acceptance and approval of others that we give other people permission to evaluate our self-worth. We may even feel pressure from our church community to measure up to certain people within that community that have accomplished certain levels of success, not necessarily that has anything to do with ministry and/or Kingdom advancement.  Our identity is found in Christ. This truth assures us of God’s unconditional love and hope found in Him.  

You may feel controlled by something that has happened to you or perhaps you feel shame about certain aspects of the family you grew up in, or you have habits that you feel ashamed about.

It can be a challenged to not allow our external circumstances to not eclipse our faith. We feel we don’t measure up and it reflects who we are as a Child of God. However, we have to see ourselves through the lens of faith through the mirror of what God promised us.

Published by: Kim Petitt

As a person living with a disability challenge is part of my life. I struggled with my identity and I recognize that I still have insecurities to face, but that doesn't mean I can't walk in everything God has purposed me to walk in despite my insecurities. Because of the nature of my condition and physical disability, God's grace is evident in my life everyday and I find strength in the word of God that says in Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through him who gives me power". (CJB).

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25 thoughts on “Vision beyond my crutches”

  1. Thanks for this encouragement!
    As God told Samuel, People look on the outward appearance, but God looks on the heart. He made us the way He did, perhaps in part so we can reach a certain audience that others cannot reach. But we do need to set our sights on Him and get past the misconceptions that others have passed on to us. Wanting to be understood is a strong desire, but everybody isn’t going to understand or even want to understand. The good news is that God does!! And we can look for others who need to be understood and pass on the love and truth that God has given us.

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  2. I thought of this verse when I read your post, 1 Corinthians 1:27 NLT, “Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful.”

    God is using you in a great way now and will continue to use you for even greater things in the future regardless of what people may think. His power is working in you and through you to accomplish His divine will regardless of your physical limitations. He is not limited by anything!

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  3. This was something very different and yet perfectly related to. The choice of words and metaphors is wonderful and makes everything seem so realistic.
    I could feel my eyes moisten while reading some lines. What a masterpiece!! Kudos to you!!

    You are welcome

    #PATRICKSTORIES
    Peace ✌and Love ❤

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      1. Thank you! I appreciate your thoughtful response.

        You are welcome.

        Such an awesome way of replying someone. Thanks. Again

        Just to remind you again. I just posted:

        PATRICK VIEW-DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE’S PURPLE HIBISCUS

        Would love to know your views. Love to see your contributions on it. I’m always excited for your comment. 🙂

        #PATRICKSTORIES
        Peace ✌and Love ❤

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  4. So easy to get caught in that snare, with whispers encouraging us to focus on a measure we give ourselves, one we will never reach. God is a gentle Father and His love helps us reach the measure He gives us. Thank you for being honest and open. May the Lord continue to use you and hold you close to Him. 🙂

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  5. I understand you since I am disabled myself mostly with mental illnesses and a bad back surgery that is giving me a lot of pain even on meds. I do not know your pain but I can understand it. God is my helper and without HIM I would have been dead by now so, I thank Him. God bless you.

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    1. I pray that God touches you and heals you from the crown of your head to the soles of your feet. Thank you for your kind words! Yes, God is my helper too without Him I don’t know where I would be!

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  6. You are good to go, trust me on that one.
    You for one are writig and exprrssing in a powerfull manner, least people can just (apart from what other people can say) even do, you are as me. gooood to go!
    Love ya, take care.

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