Glimmers of Hope in a Dark World

We are inspired when people take difficult situations and make the best of them, those who take their proverbial lemons of life and make lemonade.

I have been inspired this week by a few stories that I have been keeping up with through social media.   They have not been stories of athletic accomplishment, famous raunchiness, or beautiful bodies.

Stories that have inspired me are those stories that have reminded me of the goodness of God in the presence of people in this wicked world.  They have been heart stories.

With the diagnosis of my youngest Daughter’s Down Syndrome God has given me a new sense of compassion for those with special needs (or special abilities as I like to call them).   The more I have thought about it the more I realize that we all have special needs, we all have flaws, and limitations and it is precisely those limitations that often gives us a platform for the Kingdom of God.

To watch the links below will take about 20 well used minutes of your life.

The first story that grabbed my attention was the beautiful ugly woman.  This woman was born with a disability that prevents her from gaining weight and at first glance she is not pleasant to look at.   If you look deeper, if you take the time to hear her message it is one that reminds us that the value of a person is not on the outside but on the inside.  Check out her story here: http://www.superstarmagazine.com/labelled-the-worlds-ugliest-woman-lizzie-talks-about-beauty-happiness/

The second story that inspired me is one that touches very close to home.  It is about a family who un-expectantly had a child with Down syndrome.   They talk about how over time what was first very hard to accept has become one of life’s greatest blessings to which they do not feel worthy.  Isn’t that the way God is?  He gives beauty for ashes, strength for fear, gladness for morning, and peace for despair.   If we will just allow Him to walk us through the storm He will work all things for good.  Check out the Page family’s story here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgolwex1zxo

The third story is another reminder that every life is valuable.  A Pastor in Seoul, South Korea has a burden for abandoned children that are left to die so he takes it upon himself to do something about it.   Watch his story here: http://vimeo.com/41412962

These three stories reminded me that God is still deeply at work in this world.  People are making a difference by taking their situation and finding ways to honor God in it.

What difference can you make where you are with the gifts you have been given?  Extraordinary people are those who take what they have been given and give it back to the Lord in service and ministry.   Go be a blessing to someone today.

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I love this quote, “The only real disability in life is a bad attitude.”

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