February 25, 2015

Source of Joy

Christian writer, Max Lacado, tells about meeting Robert Reed whose hands and feet are so twisted he can’t feed himself, brush his teeth or comb his hair. Robert’s shirts are held together by Velcro and his speech drags like a worn recording.

Robert Reed has cerebral palsy.

But cerebral palsy didn’t keep him from graduating from college. It didn’t keep him from teaching in junior college, and it didn’t keep him from becoming a missionary in Portugal.

Despite his disabilities, Reed is quoted as saying, “I have everything I need for joy.”

This real life story of one of God’s special saints clearly demonstrates that our source of joy has nothing to do with the events in our life. It has everything to do with our attitude.

The Apostle Paul wrote that we are to “rejoice in the Lord regardless of our circumstances.”

Robert Reed can’t drive a car, ride a bike or take a walk, but he discovered the joy  that comes when a life is centered in God.

What is the source of your joy?

 Note:  Originally posted on September 17, 2009, this is one of the most popular Parables.