A couple of weeks ago, I made my first visit to my new primary doctor. Before my visit, he was able to read some notes about my physical condition. In those notes, it spells out that I have cerebral palsy. Based on that note and his medical knowledge, he envisioned my expected physical condition. However, when he entered the examination room, he had a questioning look and asked, “Mr. Coleman?”, as if to confirm my identity.
After I acknowledged that he had it right, he said to me jokingly, “You don’t have cerebral palsy!”
My response was, “Trust me! I do.” He went on to tell me that people in my condition, at my age and especially living alone, are usually in poor physical health. When he said that, I didn’t think about what I am doing physically to take care of myself, I thought about the ministry and calling on my life. I thought about all the things I am doing now, the things I want to do, and the things I have already done. The vision that God has given me for my life has kept me active and strong when my physical disability would ordinarily make me quite the opposite.
Vision: To use a disability to display God’s ability.
This vision has given me a reason to endure; to wake up the next morning from a seizure, pain, or whatever I am feeling that day and keep on going. Sometimes it is difficult for me to resist the comfort of just staying in bed all day, but I know that my life will be full if I pursue God’s vision for it, and my life will be empty if I stay in bed.
Proverbs 29:18- Where there is no vision, the people perish…
What is God’s vision for your life? What is your reason for getting out of bed? Do you face your day knowing God has something for you to accomplish? God has a vision for us all. Your vision will make your life full if you pursue it, empty if you don’t. No, it is not always easy. It might be a difficult process, but remember you are not in it alone. God is with you always. How do you need to wake up and fulfill your life’s vision? Hopefully we can lean on the support of other believers. But at he end of the day, it is your life and your decision to take the hard path. I can say from experience, no matter how hard it may be, that God’s vision for your life will be the most fulfilling life you can live.
On October 20th, I am celebrating my 38th birthday! In the spirit of celebrating God’s vision for my life, I am asking my friends, family and supporters to give to Empowered Ministries in lieu of any personal gift for me. Your support of my ministry will enable me to continue and further pursue the calling and vision God has given me. Thank you for celebrating God’s vision and calling with me! And for helping to give me a reason to keep getting out of bed every single day.
You can either:
A) Visit my birthday wish page on facebook at this address https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=188593107882775
B) You can follow these instructions to donate:
(It’s a secure sight)
Enter your information
Select “Donation” as your option.
Under the scroll bar “please direct my donation to,”
and scroll to “Christopher Coleman’s Birthday Fund.”
And that’s it! You’ve completed your donation, and we’ll be able to track how much we’ve raised. Thanks again!