Shantamma

  • Sept. 6, 2012
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Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada. I remember one time the pain in my hip was so strong … I just had to lie down. I felt defeated, discouraged. Well, right then I got an email from a friend who described an 18-year-old disabled girl from India, named Shantamma, who shared with her: “from Joni, I have found confidence to live my life with a disability … to trust God.” When I read that, I felt so ashamed of myself—complaining about having to lie down when, for years, this 18-year-old had been living on dirt floors. First Timothy chapter 4 exhorts us to “set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.” Friend, someone is always observing you and me, and they’re either learning how to trust God more or they’re learning how to live like the rest of the world. Today, choose to be an example in your attitude. Just like Shantamma was a powerful example to me.

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