'Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?' Jesus answered, 'Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him.'
John 9:2-3 (NKJV)
And He said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ's sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (NKJV)
The word 'handicap' can be defined as 'any disadvantage that makes success more difficult' (Random House Dictionary). It originated from games where odds or positions were determined by drawing out of a hat: hand in cap. In today's terms, a physical handicap makes earth's game of life more difficult to win.
Should it stop us? I can only hope what my reaction would be to such a challenge.
Jesus made God's purpose in handicaps clear: 'That the works of God should be revealed in Him.' An AMTC legend, Alma Connock, was such a person. Born with a rare form of muscular dystrophy, this Canadian became a talent agent with worldwide impact.
Consider Nick Vugicic, a handsome man born without arms or legs. Now a married evangelist, Nick has traveled the globe as a speaker and celebrity--from no limbs to no limits to no equal. Or Oscar Pistorius, 2012 Olympic sprinter without legs. Or Sophie Morgan, British paraplegic fashion model and TV commentator.
Other celebrities include President Franklin Roosevelt, 'Miss America' Heather Whitestone, Oscar winner Marlee Matlin, and Soul Surfer Bethany Hamilton.
These stars inspire us and shame us. How can we complain about anything when we witness their examples? Earthly titles like 'superstar' should be reserved for them only.
And for the rest of us who face life's challenges? Since 'The weakness of God is stronger than men' (1 Corinthians 1:25), 'Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears; Let the weak say, 'I am strong' ' (Joel 3:10).
Check out the following links:
Alma Connock: http://www.amtcworld.com/blog/entry/almaconnocktribute
Nick Vugicic: http://www.lifewithoutlimbs.org/
Oscar Pistorius: http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/oscar-pistorius-makes-history-double-amputee-sprinter-compete/story?id=16929845#.UKoZ3WgvSeE
Sophie Morgan: http://www.spinalpedia.com/blog/2012/10/sci-superstar-sophie-morgan/