I recently had the opportunity to meet a very inspiring man who is now a paraplegic due to a tragic accident. In this accident, his son was left unharmed but sadly, he was not as fortunate.
The irony of his story is that it sounds like one of those movies you watch on True Movies. The gentleman was coming from visiting his brother and he had just been offered a great job in Namibia. In speaking to him he said the doctors initially told him that he would be right as rain after three months. Three months turned into 6 months in the High Dependency Unit and a further 12 months in a rehabilitation facility.
Unlike the movies on television his wife left him because she could not deal with his injury and how her life would no longer be the same. So to add salt to his already devastating injury for all intents and purposes to the bystander – his life was over…
After all of the above the gentleman above has the most amazing spirit and faith in God that I have met in a long time. He is employed and in his words, he moved from self-pity to gratitude when he had a spiritual awakening after losing what he thought was his everything.
Yes, he did go through a period where he was depressed and felt hopeless; however he said his turning point was changing his perspective and looking up to God for answers.
The injury above happened early 2013 and as I write he is slowly regaining strength in his upper body and is finally working and is looking forward to Christmas where he will see his two children.
His story resonated with me not only because I admired his new found faith but it got me thinking about how in life we all go through situations that in our world may seem hopeless. But the old adage is true; the difference between a winner and a loser in life is the decisions we make. We either decide to see the glass as half full or half empty.
In always looking for a plus when life throws negatives in our path, we are saying that God indeed is on His throne and life will get better!
Jonathan changed the perception of himself from a victim to a victor. The way in which we see ourselves is important if we want to truly overcome life’s challenges and the distractions that the devil sends our way to try and derail us from fulfilling our God ordained destinies.
“What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not His own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things.”
I encourage you to always look for the positives in the situations where it seems as if it is nothing but a hopeless situation; because one thing that will NEVER change is that God loves you!!
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith The Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”