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Carlin Armstead - Being Different

What is the assumption that people make about you?

I think an assumption that people make about me is that I am in need, which includes feeling sorry or bad for me, and that I need to be healed from an accident during birth (nerve damage and twisting of left arm) that resulted in not having the use of my hand.

How does it make you feel?

It makes me feel irritated because I don’t see myself as helpless or in need. Although there are times I don’t like my appearance and want to look normal, those times are few and far between. I try to live my life and operate as if I’m normal, whatever that is. Sometimes, I feel misunderstood because some people don’t understand who I am and don’t know how to approach me and/or interact with me because they focus on what they see on the outside than inquiring about or searching out what’s on the inside of me.

How do you deal with it?

There was a sermon that Bishop Clarke preached over a year ago where he stated that, like Jesus, we all have a cross to bear or carry. My physical challenge is the cross I bear. The Lord knows how much I can bear and that’s why I’m still here. I find solace, comfort and encouragement in 2 Corinthians 12:9 (Amplified Bible) which states:

“... but He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you [My lovingkindness and My mercy are more than enough—always available— regardless of the situation]; for [My] power is being perfected [and is completed and shows itself most effectively] in [your] weakness.” Therefore, I will all the more gladly boast in my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ [may completely enfold me and] may dwell in me.” People focus on what they see on the outside than inquiring about or searching out what’s on the inside of me. “