This blog post was born out of conversation with a friend of mine the other day. She wanted to know how I was so positive every day despite my circumstances. I told her I was not always. Reminding her that she knew that because of our conversations over the years she said, “true but maybe I am not asking the right question.” Encouraging her to take her time with what she wanted to ask me, the question she asked was thoughtful and something I wanted to share with all of you as far as my answer to her.
She wanted to know why my faith is not shaky because she knows well that sometimes people are unkind to me and tell me they profess my faith in the same breath. Her question brought a smile to my face. That she sees my faith being solid in difficult circumstances makes me proud. That said, the answer to her question was a simple one. It comes straight from Jesus himself in the book of John. John 9 versus one through three to be exact. They are as follows: “As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”3 “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him” (https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=john+9%3A1-3&version=NIV).
Those verses have always brought me comfort because I was born with my condition as well. In addition, the best doctors in the world of modern medicine could not find out why my mom contracted listeria. She did not do anything wrong. Those doctors questioned mom three times and ran various tests to try and figure out where the listeria came from. To this day: no one knows. She and I are the only people impacted by that outbreak. It is a miracle we both survived and that I thrive.
When someone who professes my faith is unkind about my condition and the circumstances, I deal with every day because of it I hang on to those verses from John and believe them with every fiber of my being. Those verses help me not to be angry at God or anyone else. They motivate me just to live the best life possible and make the biggest impact I can in the world.
These verses show me that God has a big plan for my life, and I just must keep doing my best to be the best version of myself I can be so I can be the best piece in those plans. I am not saying I do not have difficult days and challenges daily. I document those both on this blog and through my videos on this blog’s Instagram. What I am saying is that when I get discouraged or frustrated with my condition and the challenges it presents, I remember those verses and continue to thrive. My faith is a fundamental part of thriving, for me, and it is important to continue to document that for you all so that you can understand me better.