Sunday Reflections

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • April 19, 2015
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Romans 12:12Quadriplegia, with all its daily pains and problems, can sometimes scream for your undivided attention. It can insist that no one has it as bad as you do. But I learned long ago not to listen to those whining voices – they are filled with lies. Indeed, there are plenty of people in the world whose physical challenges are far more difficult than anything I'll ever experience. God has given me a cross that, according to His design, is not one inch too long nor one pound too heavy – and he does the same for you. So we can happily live out Philippians 2:4-5: "Each of you should look out not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus." I'm committed to squeeze every ounce of ministry effort out of this quadriplegic body to reach others with the Good News of Jesus. I think it's what my Savior would want me to do. —Joni Eareckson Tada


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Hi Joni, I have a chronic pain condition that makes it very hard for me to even get up every day. But I wanted you to know that I continue to persevere for the sake of my kids, and also because every time my body says "No more!", I think of you and what you and others are going through, and those thoughts, along with Jesus' daily encouragement, enables me to fight through the pain and do what has to be done. So thank you for being so open about your own struggles, because it gives strength to people like me, who sometimes just want to give up. If Joni can get up and face her day with a heart full of joy, then so can I. Thank you, dear friend. I look forward to meeting you in Heaven.
  • April 23, 2015
  • 11:18 a.m.
  • Karen Factor
I too have had recent challenges like a broken leg and other issues and it is uplifting to me to read your blog, Joni. You and Ken are an inspiration and a joy. And when I find that I am feeling sorry for myself, then I think of you and how gracefully you handle the "roadblocks" along the way in your life. God Bless You, Joni!! Nicole
  • April 21, 2015
  • 12:17 p.m.
  • Nicole
Dear Joni, Almost ten years ago you wrote to our son who was a high school senior who was just committed to prison for life i the state of PA. We both have your letter which we read for encouragement on occasion. Your post today about the cross not being one pound too heavy and one inch too long is true. God has been with us all the way. "We press on to the high calling that we might know Jesus Christ our Lord.
  • April 20, 2015
  • 7:19 a.m.
  • Jane
Not o one inch too long or one pound too heavy-----may God give you His daily Grace!
  • April 20, 2015
  • 6:36 a.m.
  • Ellen Read
Joni, thank you for your example, your joy, and your service to others. I have watched several videos with you just in the last week, and am so encouraged by the way you deal with your challenges. Ken too is such an inspiration to me. The last few years, there have been challenges with our marriage, my job has become a lot less pleasant and more stressful, and I've often felt like giving up on everything lately...but I still have my wife, a good job, am able-bodied, and more importantly, am undeservedly going to heaven when I die. I have no right to complain (plus Philippians 2:14). I have such a hard time having a good attitude, and seeing what you go through really puts it in perspective. I know there's no way you could do what you do without God, and even though my challenges are so much smaller, neither can I. Thank you and God bless you.
  • April 19, 2015
  • 5:13 p.m.
  • Don Milnor