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Joy Hard Won

Joni Eareckson Tada was paralyzed during a diving accident when she was only seventeen.  In Decision Magazine she writes:

Honesty is always the best policy, but especially when you’re surrounded by a crowd of women in a restroom during a break at a Christian women’s conference.  One woman, putting on lipstick, said, “Oh, Joni, you always look so together, so happy in your wheelchair.  I wish that I had your joy!”  Several women around her nodded.  “How do you do it?” she asked as she capped her lipstick.

“I don’t do it,” I said.  “In fact, may I tell you honestly how I woke up this morning?”

“This is an average day,” I breathed deeply.  “After my husband, Ken, leaves for work at 6AM, I’m alone until I hear the front door open at 7 AM.  That’s when a friend arrives to get me up.  While I listen to her make coffee, I pray, ‘Oh, Lord, my friend will soon give me a bath, get me dressed, sit me up in my chair, brush my hair and teeth, and send me out the door.  I don’t have the strength to face this routine one more time.  I have no resources.  I don’t have a smile to take into the day.  But You do.  May I have Yours?  God, I need you desperately.’”

“So, what happens when your friend comes through the bedroom door?” one of them asked, “I turn my head toward her and give her a smile sent straight from heaven.  It’s not mine.  It’s God’s.  And so,” I said, gesturing to my paralyzed legs, “whatever joy you see today was hard won this morning.”

—Joni Eareckson Tada, “Joy Hard Won”

We find in 2 Peter this thought, “Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”  2Peter 1:2-4

As God’s children, we can have true joy, Pastor Larry

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