Wednesday, February 4, 2009

One of my Heroes of the Faith

"I'd rather be in this wheelchair knowing Him than on my feet without Him."
~Joni Eareckson Tada
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For over 40 years, Joni Eareckson Tada has been confined to a wheelchair. A diving accident at the age of 17 left her paralyzed from the neck down. I have never met her, but God has used her ministry through speaking, books, & family retreat to greatly encourage me. The one passage that immediately comes to mind when I think of her is 2 Cor 1:3-11. Here's why:
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1) She strives to bless "the God of all comfort" at all times. (v. 3)
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2) She allows God to comfort her in all her affliction. In return, she has been used to comfort millions with the same comfort that she receives. (v.4)
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3) She is transparent about her suffering, difficulties, and pain. She doesn't paint a picture that life is all good and happy. But she beautifully displays a life of satisfaction and joy in Christ. She has been an example of "relying not on ourselves but on God." (v. 8-9)
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4) She continues to set her hope on God and has devoted her life to telling others about this all-sufficient God of hope. (v.10)
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5) She humbly asks for prayer for herself and for the ministry that God has entrusted to her. (v.11)
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Thank you Joni for 30 years of ministry to people with disabilities and their families across the US and around the world! I praise God for you! You are truly a gift to the body of Christ!

1 comment:

Laurie Lynn said...

I share your opinion and admiration of this dear "hero of the faith". She is an inspiration and encouragement to me. God is glorified in her sweet, honest and humble trust and faith. Oh, the comfort and hope of Christ and heaven! Thank you for the reminder to pray.