Early Talents

  • Oct. 2, 2013
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I used to love writing, singing and drawing even at the young age of five years old.

Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada. I used to love writing, singing and drawing even at the young age of five years old. I still have many of my elementary school writing assignments, poster-painted pictures, and even some old reel-to-reel recordings of me singing with my family. Growing up, I was pretty much self-absorbed in my talents, but after the diving accident in which I became paralyzed, I began to use my writing and singing and drawing to reach out and encourage others. The use of my talents changed from inward, to outward. Romans chapter 12, verse 13 says, “Share with God's people who are in need.” Before my accident? I wasn’t focused on that. But after my accident? It became the driving force in my life (Joni, there are others who are worse off than you, so quit feeling sorry for yourself, and reach out and help them)! And you know what? That’s something you can do today, as well.

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