My Identity Is Not My Disability

What is your identity rooted in? I hope it’s not your physical appearance! As for my identity, it is not my physical disabilities; rather it is rooted in who I am in Christ Jesus. Yet I feel a need to talk about this issue of identity.

Let’s get past the intro and go into a little more detail. Shall we?

If you read a variety of my articles then you will notice that I don’t talk too much about my disabilities unless it’s relevant to the article. Why? When I started my original blog site, I did do some research on the idea of being a disability blogger. The problem is, I never felt comfortable with the idea of making my appearance the issue.

I quickly learned that my heart is to share how Jesus healed my heart and helped me to overcome depression, fear of rejection and other such issues. My issues were common to everyone and I certainly had my own take.

With recent events and a couple of unrelated YouTube videos centering on disability advocacy, it seems a good idea to talk about the topic of disability. Hopefully, you did enjoy the video.

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”