How can I get over my discouragement and bitterness because of a physical disability?


Physical disabilities can easily lead to discouragement and bitterness. There are certainly no easy answers to such problems. However, you can be sure that God desires to bring about in you the greatest good, including the cultivation of love, patience, and faith (Romans 8:28).

Faith in God will give you courage, hope, and the ability to accept your circumstances with a greater peace of mind than you have ever experienced before. The Bible says, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7). Helen Keller, who was both blind and deaf from an early age, is a classic example of handling life’s handicaps. She said, “I thank God for my handicaps, for through them I have found myself, my work and my God.” Don’t let your disability limit your usefulness and service to people and God. The Bible teaches that physical affliction can work for our strengthening and good; read 2 Corinthians 4:16-18.

Afflictions can lead some to see their need to accept Christ as Saviour by faith, or draw them into a closer walk with Him. The Bible says, “A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all” (Psalm 34:19). Some of God’s most faithful followers have suffered great pain and limitations, but they learned to use their affliction constructively. For further help we encourage you to contact JAF Ministries (Joni and Friends) P.O. Box 3333, Agoura Hills, California 91376, telephone (818) 707-5664 or (800) 523-5777. This is a very helpful Christian ministry to people with disabilities.