Dealing With The Pain of Being Ignored

Has this situation ever happened to you? Have people ever avoided talking with you, when they should? What am I talking about?  If you have an obvious disability, then you can probably guess it.

I am talking about the tendency of some people, to avoid an uncomfortable situation or make an assumption based on appearance. In some ways, I can sympathize with the two groups; as I’ve had my own encounters in these areas.

My goal is not to point fingers and humiliate people in a public arena. Such tactics may garner high site traffics; however, they do not yield any lasting fruits worth mentioning. My goal is to offer some helpful solutions for dealing with such situation.

This article should be of value to people, who are disabled and people, who do not have a disability. I will encourage you to take the time and read it. Shall we start with an illustration?
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Can Someone Guide Me, To A Seat?

When I wrote “Can We Talk About Disabilities?”, I did not imagine the response that I’d get, in terms of site traffic. My friends certainly picked a good topic. If you read the article, you’ll notice that I covered a broad range of issues relating to disability.

How shall I take on, such a large endeavor? For me, I can best talk through the lens of personal experience and the lens of Scripture, when appropriate. If possible, I’ll try to include other people. I’m not the only person, with a story to share.

For this story, I’d like to share with you, a very important issue, for people with disabilities. How many people with obvious physical disabilities have you seen in an organized church setting? Could the issue be one of reasonable accommodation?

Everyone needs help; including the blinds, the paraplegics, the deaf and so many others. Are we not to think of others, more highly than ourselves? This includes those people, who we consider weak. It’s for this reason that I like the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Though the ADA brought about sweeping reform; it can’t guide you to a seat in a dark room. Can someone please guide me to a seat? I love the music; however, I can’t see. Here’s what happened on one Sunday morning. Continue reading “Can Someone Guide Me, To A Seat?”

What Are You Looking At? Boasting In My Weakness

Earlier today, I endeavored to create a YouTube video. As I’m looking into the webcam, it clicked into my head that viewers may be looking at the left eye. I could understand; as I didn’t have my glasses on. I had desired to talk about humility and the foolishness of “boasting”. Continue reading “What Are You Looking At? Boasting In My Weakness”

A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Prayer Room

Would you expect a person with a severe hearing loss to lead others in a musical setting? It would be challenging but not impossible. How about a hearing impaired man, with no musical or singing talent, lead others in prayer?  How about doing this while people are singing and playing instruments?  Here is what I’m talking about.

A funny thing happened on Thursday, February 23.  I regularly take part in a House of Prayer started by Shore Vineyard Church.  We call it, S-HOP or Shore House Of Prayer.  What is Shore House of Prayer? It is a physical place where one can come and pray or receive prayer. Unlike a traditional church service, this is a place to go, at any time or day.  Continue reading “A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Prayer Room”

Set Your Minds On Things Above! How?

1 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God [Colossian 3:1-3]

It is easy to get wrapped up in our own personal busyness or struggles and lose sight of God.  It is easy to get so distracted by the stormy seas that our eyes are taken off of the One who deserves our attention and can best help. There is more to this verse than an encouragement to keep your eyes on Christ.

It is about asking the Father for a heavenly perspective on what is happening around me or you.  More precisely, it is about seeing my disabilities from God, the Father’s perspective and not from an earthly point of view.

From an earthly or natural perspective, I am viewed as being weak and incapable.  Some may consider me, to be a burden or pitied.  Why? It is because I am visually impaired and hearing impaired.  As such, I am viewed as weak.  To add to the mix, I don’t like admitting that I need help.

To continue this, it would be easy to get caught up with both physical healing and inner healing. How wrapped up? It could be done to the point of distracting me, from what Jesus has called to do. I am not opposed to supernatural healing.  If God is willing, Jesus could heal me instantly.  Yet, this has not occurred. What am I to do?

What of my having God’s perspective? For me, it is seeing how God, the Father is glorified through my weaknesses; this includes my disabilities.  Have you read my other stories on this blog?  Yes, I certainly have had troubles and have shared some of it.  I could not have written these without God’s help in my life.

By having God’s perspective, I am learning to see how my Father sees the situation.  I could get wrapped up in my own thoughts and feelings or ask “Father, what do you want me to do?  How can I be of help in this situation?”

There is probably more to it and I am obviously still learning. 🙂 So, I do invite you to share your to share your thoughts about having a heavenly perspective; as per Paul’s instructions.