How Society Sees Me
According to the census, I am a person with a disability, am classified in a minority group, with income below poverty, unemployable and single.
From an employment perspective even though I have a bachelors degree in Business Administration, have taken additional courses in payroll and income tax preparation, I am considered a liability in terms of my physical capabilities and my verbal communication status. I have Cerebral Palsy which effects the motor function in my brain and sometimes the messages that instruct my body parts get mixed up. Therefore it takes me a while to do certain activities, for example, I can only type with one finger. I use a motorized wheel chair and have a unique accent (speech impediment).
Because we live in a fast paced society I am often prejudged. Sometimes, people assume that I don’t have my mental faculties due to my involuntary movements and my speech. Out of ignorance or fear they assume that they won’t be able to understand what I’m saying and vice versa. Even though society’s perspective has improved greatly I am still not considered an equal. Opportunities for employment, recreation, societal integration and utilizing consumer services are still limited.
In general, that is how society sees me; I see it differently.
How I see Myself
On my Twitter page it says, “Loves God, life and adventure, is a bookkeeper. Oh btw, having Cerebral Palsy doesn’t mean you can’t rock climb! Just improvise so unreached possibilities are made attainable.” That sums it up in 140 characters.
I am Lucy, a passionate person who tries to live life with a deep faith and belief in all possibilities that are according to God’s will. I like to be creative and think outside the box.
At times I can be an airhead and I enjoy laughing at myself but I choose to live life with vulnerability and risks, believing that God will provide. From this perspective I consider my disability an asset because it has instilled a deep faith and reliance on God. I value my independence in society and my daily life but it is only achievable to the fullest with God’s anointing.
Even though I may have a disabled body that limits me in some capacities, my soul is able.
How God Sees Me
I am His child. I bring joy to Him. I am His messenger.
He sees the possibilities I don’t see. He does not define me by my imperfections. He makes my limitations into strengths. He uses me in ways in inspire and encourage others to illustrate His unconditional love and grace and mercy.
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. Romans 5:1-11