Wednesday, January 7, 2009

What's In Your Sidecar?

Saw something really impressive today - and I'm fairly difficult to impress. I was driving through a parking lot and noticed a neat looking bright canary yellow motorcycle with a matching bright yellow side car attached.

Now sidecars aren't in great abundance around here, so I lowed down and took a longer look as the rider pulled into a parking spot just ahead of me.

Inside the sidecar was - are you ready? - a wheelchair! I thought, surely not. But sure enough, after he shut off the engine, the rider lifted the wheelchair out of the sidecar and climbed into it, then wheeled himself across the parking lot.

Wow.

I sat there for another minute or two thinking about what I'd seen. Here was a guy who could have sat at home, complaining about his disability and waiting for his life to change or for someone to carry him around, or he could have even taken the safer, more traditional path of a specially equipped auto. But instead, he chose to move beyond his "limitations" and live life the way he wanted to.

Quite a lesson to those of us battling against our own demons of disability or family conflicts, huh?

What are you choosing to do about your difficulties? Fold or play?

"Don't worry about anything, but in all your prayers ask God for what you need, always asking him with a thankful heart. And the peace of God, which is far beyond human understanding, will keep your heart and mind safe in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:6, 7)

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