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To Live is Christ

“For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.”

Philippians 1:21

There is a statement I have repeated again and again through the years: “I would rather be in this wheelchair knowing Jesus than on my feet without Him.” It’s still true. The joy, hope, and peace I experience—not in spite of but because of my disability–is so much more fulfilling and satisfying than having feet that walk and run, and hands that hold, touch, and feel. The apostle Paul really sums it up for me: “For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen.” (Romans 11:36, NKJV)

My friend, all things—even walking or not walking—find their end in Christ. To be with Him in life is everything. I’d rather be in the storm with Christ, than in calm waters alone.  As Paul said in today’s Scripture, “For to me, to live is Christ.” I wouldn’t trade what I have in Him for any other situation.

Lord Jesus, it hasn’t been an easy life. At times I could have said with the apostle Paul, “We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself.” (2 Corinthians 1:8)  This is true, but even so, nothing, NOTHING compares to having You, the Son of God, as my Companion, Savior, Helper, and Friend.