The other day, I realized that I was trying too hard to help the disabled. I was, inadvertently,slipping into this subtle attitude of superiority as I attempted to show them that my ideas of living the good life were better than theirs.
I began to understand that maybe, just maybe, their lives were NOT as “terrible” as I thought. Maybe I did not need to “save” them, but work more on understanding them.
Now, I already knew all this. I knew that all people are created equally, that God loves us all, that we all are sinners, that we all were created by God for a purpose…but that was my problem: I knew it, yet had not experienced it, at least at this level.
Stuff like this REALLY messes with my theology (and I like that) as I am forced to choose if I want to live out my Christian values, or just be able to recite them in pristine fashion when needed.
So, by beginning to see their life through their eyes –not mine- I am having less frustration. Yea! God is going to hold them accountable to the life He gave them…just as He will hold me. They are not answerable to me, but to God. If I can assist them in discovering their life, which He has given to them, I will be blessed too.
10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.
11 Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade men, but we are made manifest to God; and I hope that we are made manifest also in your consciences. 12 We are not again commending ourselves to you but are giving you an occasion to be proud of us, so that you will have an answer for those who take pride in appearance and not in heart. 13 For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are of sound mind, it is for you. 14 For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died; 15 and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.
16 Therefore from now on we recognize no one according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him in this way no longer. 17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
This is a work in progress for me, in me. I am sure I will fall down as I allow this truth to work itself out through me, but I am willing to fall…as I experience more of the abundant life God has for me and for others as I work in this field where He has placed me.
Blessings on your journey!