I hesitate to bring this up…

…but

a comment that I received earlier got me thinking.

The comment was a very nice one that mentioned that the person has trouble reading my text here because it’s light on dark (reverse is the technical name) and that was difficult to read for that person.  I mentioned that I use reverse because it’s easier for me to read, and suggested the work-around I use for reading on a computer screen.  I was trying to be helpful and yet as I thought about it, I may have taken the wrong approach, and if I did, I sincerely apologize.IMG_0733

As I thought some more, I came to realize that it has been some time since I confessed here to my disability, other than in joking about it every now and then, and maybe that is a mistake.  It could be that talking more about it could be inspirational for some; even encouraging.  The reasons that I normally don’t talk about it are simply that I am so used to it, I don’t really notice.  Life is just a series of workarounds that I take for granted.  The other reason I don’t talk about it is that this blog is not about me, other than as a sort of facilitator.  I give my opinions or relate a thought that I might have, but not in the sense that anybody should really give a hoot that I think this or that, but more that it might be something for them to think about, and then reach their own conclusion. In the case of my disability, I would like to discuss it a bit, but not in the “poor me” sense; or in the “look at me” sense either.  Rather, I see this as a case of “look, anybody can serve the Lord!” (And we are ALL called to do so)

Here are some of the things I try to do in service:  I teach, sometimes preach, mentor, disciple and sometimes counsel.  I go out of my way to encourage and even inspire others to His service… and I do some blogging. about the same kinds of things that I do in person.  The reality is that it isn’t easy.  Here I sit typing, and when I look at the screen, I can’t see anything.  When I teach or preach, the only notes I ever use is a computer printout of my text, which keeps me from reciting it from memory and mixing up the translations.  That is to say that when I recite a verse it usually begins in NIV, then becomes NASB and usually ends in KJV; people find this confusing for some strange reason!  To correct this, I print it out in NIV using the largest font on Word so that eight verses take 10 pages, but I can read them…  Sometimes people laugh at me for this, and I laugh back because it must look pretty stupid… but it gets the Word of God taught and that’s all that counts.

Whenever I go somewhere, I walk because I can no longer drive a car.  There is always a danger that I’ll trip over something or miss the curb, or even step out into traffic, but I do it anyway because it needs doing.  Sometimes I crash into a wall or fall down the stairs… so? Is that supposed to keep a Christian from serving Jesus Christ?  It didn’t keep Paul from serving…

Let’s get one thing straight here: I am not “special.”  I am absolutely nobody, I am nothing at all… except in Christ.  In Christ, you just try to stop me!  Good luck!

It isn’t going to happen until Jesus calls me home.

“Well! This character has an attitude; shocking!”

No, I don’t think I have an attitude, but I do have a calling.  It is the same calling that every Christian has: MAKE DISCIPLES.

What all this leads me to, is having little patience with excuses for not answering that calling; maybe I have an attitude about that.  If I come on too strong on this point, I’m sorry.  If you struggle with excuses for not stepping up to make disciples, I can tell you this much:

It isn’t easy to step out of our comfort zones to do new things.  It isn’t easy to speak up some times, and maybe you, like me, have extra obstacles to overcome… that is hard.  But when you see your brothers and sisters in Christ growing in their faith, when you see their lives changing for Christ, when you see new people coming to relationship with the Lord and having their sins for given, when you see God at work through you to be a catalyst for these kinds of life-changes, you won’t care one little bit about how hard it might be!

One final thought and my ranting will cease for now:  It really isn’t all that hard, anyway, for you will never be alone.  In fact, when we serve our Lord, we will be in the very presence of Almighty God the entire time.

Yes, just try to make me quit!

End of rant.  Next post will be nice and sweet, I promise.

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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10 Responses to I hesitate to bring this up…

  1. jgmtheo says:

    Hi Don,
    There was two of us who mentioned the difficulty in reading the print here today, I conjecture that it was the other one to whom you refer, beacuse of the words “light on dark”. You will be pleased to know that as I recieved this post in full via E-mail it was “Black on White” so unwhittingly you have chosen the best of both worlds for those that follow you. The Lord has everything in control and goes before to smooth the way. Praise the Lord we seem to have same desires to spread the Word of God and make Christ known. It is encouraging that the Lord takes the weak things of the world and the things that are not, to bring to nought the things which are. Every blessing as you continue to walk in the narrow way and my prayers go with you. May the Lord God Almighty richly bless you and your labour of love for the lost.

    1 Corinthians 1:26-31 KJV

    26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:
    27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
    28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:
    29 That no flesh should glory in his presence.
    30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
    31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

  2. Yes, I get mine dark on light in my email box as well. I click on the link to read it here. I have astigmatism, and no money for glasses. This format is so much better than dark on light.

  3. novusanima says:

    Many forget that although we serve In Christ in and are in Christ and through Him are made like Him, that doesn’t mean we do not have physical problems, sometimes very challenging ones. I’m glad you spoke about this because it’s encouraging to see others with physical issues tell about them. I myself suffer from Ehlers-Danlos. Most ppl do not even know what it is, much less understand it, and I go through a lot of physical pain/difficulty every single day. Yet I know there are others worse of than me, and I Thank God for the things I CAN do instead of concentrating on the things I can’t. . . There’s always divine healing, and I Will pray specifically for your sight, brother.
    Blessings,
    N

    • Don Merritt says:

      I’m glad you shared that even though I must admit I had to look it up myself. I’ll be praying for you as well. Isn’t it interesting what happens when Christians just relate as a family in Christ instead of arguing or competing or griping? This post has brought about a very enlightening batch of comments!

      Hmmm… I think I just got a new idea for a post!

      Thanks, N!

      Don

  4. Loved your exhortation! 🙂

    \o/

  5. gpcox says:

    I sincerely hope that your life inspires many more to start living their lives instead of sitting back and complaining about it. Fellow blogger Buffalotompeabody needs special equipment to do his posts and he can be found under the ‘Humor’ topic!! You guys are a great inspiration!

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