Tom

  • Dec. 29, 2016
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Years ago in the hospital, my occupational therapist tried to get me to write and draw with my mouth.

Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada. Years ago in the hospital, my occupational therapist tried to get me to write and draw with my mouth. It was beneath me, I thought, and so I refused. That is, until the day they wheeled Tom into the lab. He had broken his neck in a motorcycle accident and was much more disabled than I was. He even had to use a ventilator to breathe. Well, I watched my OT approach Tom to ask him if he would like to learn to write or type with pencils between his teeth. I was stunned when he happily said, “Sure, let me give it a try.” As I watched him work, I felt so ashamed of myself. So the next day, I started writing with my mouth. You know, First Timothy chapter 4 says that we should be an example to those who look on. Tom had no idea what a powerful example of courage he was to me. And you can be a courageous example as well. Because no doubt about it, others are watching.

*This transcript has been updated to correct an error in the original script. 

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