Your Ability Could Be Your Disability

– by Rainer Boshoff

Upon leaving work one afternoon, I saw a man leave the Pro Shop at the golf driving range. He had a walking disability so severe that he needed crutches to get along. My first reaction was to feel pity for his situation and the fact that he could clearly not play golf or partake in sport activities. Still feeling sad on his behalf, it suddenly dawned on me that lately I haven’t had time to hit a few balls at the driving range, which incidentally is a stone’s throw from my offices, let alone to play a round of golf. I realised that this man, with his disability, is probably enjoying a better quality of life than I was. I had to ask myself if my disability wasn’t perhaps the fact that I was able bodied and could do anything I wanted? I had to admit that the way I was managing my work/leisure schedule was imbalanced. 

God was the first to be an example of how we should balance our lives – He created earth in 6 days and the 7th He rested. If God saw the need to rest, how much more would I as a human not benefit in following His example? In Ecclesiastes 1:14 Solomon says: “I observed everything going on under the sun, and really, it is all meaningless – like chasing the wind.” My responsibility as a man is to model a balanced life to my spouse and my children. If your ability to do anything you please has you so busy that it actually became your disability, I invite you to join me in praying that the Holy Spirit will remind us to enjoy life a little more and stop to smell the roses from time to time.

JOY! Magazine (June 2018)

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