All of us have strengths and limitations, but some people’s limitations caused from physical disabilities can be overwhelmingly devastating. Disabilities from birth, disease or accident can create untold hardship and heartache for the individual and their family, but sadly adding to their pain is the stigma and prejudice they must endure each and every day from an uncaring community. Those of us who are blessed with fully functioning bodies could do a much better job at showing love and kindness and respect toward persons with disabilities.
As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”
“Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.” John 9:1-3
One Small Step: Don’t avoid, shun, or ignore a person with a disability. Even though our parents taught us not to stare at them when we were young, that doesn’t mean we are to shun them and treat them as invisible. Everyone deserves to be loved and valued. Perhaps God wants to use us in some small way to help display His good work in them or more likely, He wants to use them to do a work in us.