Do you know your handicap? No, I am not speaking of sports; I want you to recognize what holds you back in life. No one is peeking over your shoulder; this is a private self examination.
The word handicap is not politically correct today; because we like to refer to our abilities, not disabilities. That is good; because we may let our negatives outweigh positives. Taking a long honest look at our personal handicaps can be a positive thing, if we follow God's direction.
Handicaps are not only physical or mental. Even when our handicaps begin at birth many of them can be overcome or removed today. Modern medicines working with up to the minute technology can do wonders, opening the way to full and rewarding lives.
Emotional handicaps are often ignored or buried. They not only hold us back; they put a brick wall up in front of us! The types of handicaps are varied, some of our own making, and others imposed on us by others. I'll identify mine; while you do some honest self talk about yours
I live with the handicap of fear. I live with it; but I do not give it power to take over the residence! It is not a welcome guest! I will call it by its ugly name of fear, and will not sugar coat it with a more pleasant description of shyness!
Fear has held me back in many ways; but he is not the power force he used to be! I know his source is the father of lies, the devil. I fight the battle; and take more and more territory away from him with each conflict. My weapons are mighty and tested by time!
I can have the upper hand! "We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ (2Corinthians 10:5 NAS)." Fears can be reigned in and held captive!
The final deliverance will come! "When I am afraid, I will put my trust in Thee. In God I have put my trust; I shall not be afraid. What can mere man do to me (Psalm 56:3-4 NAS)?"
Jump the handicap hurdles with me; freedom is on the other side!
Freelance writer of both fiction and non-fiction. Devotional writing is her first love. Published articles in Mature Living Magazine, Devotions for the Deaf, The Secret Place, Light from the Word, Coosa Journal and more. Devotions included in Tyndale Publisher's 'The One Year Devotional of Joy and Laughter' by Mary Hollingsworth.
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