So many days I have lived with the mindset that my problems are my problem. I truly believed that no one else would ever understand them, let alone care about them or try to help me with them. Some days I still let that lie creep into my brain and spread it's fear throughout my day. And just when I think I have seen enough proof to confirm that fear as Non-Fiction, God flips my entire universe upside down and proves me wrong. Delightfully wrong!
My (now almost 18 years old) step-son has RAD and ADHD. After years of battling with him over even the simplest of things, we let him have his wish and sent him to go live with his Mom. Unfortunately, that made things worse because the problems continued and we were held to the same standard of influence [over his choices] without any element of control [over his environment]. This situation grew worse each month until finally we were faced with the reality that his future would be determined by the county court system.
Before I could even set foot in a pity party, we were overwhelmed with a flood of support. God placed in our lives so many people - family and friends of all different types - whose hearts were moved to help beyond our capacity to understand! They lived to a beat of a different routine; something I have sought to embrace every day since. The routine was an ALL routine. They lived as a community of faith. They lived the lifestyle - the routine - that God calls us all to lead. We are a body. Parts do not get left behind, nothing runs ahead and abandons the rest; we all belong to each other!
"Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other." Romans 12:4-5 NIVWe are each just part of a whole family, body and community. Just like a wife and husband belong to one another through marriage, we as the body of believers belong to one another. Our very identity should align our operating system to care for each other. All of us have special functions, even if they are viewed as DYSfunctions, and they are given to us as essential parts of the whole.
Regardless of a person's level of ability, we are all called to live a life of responsibility to one another. When we focus on that, and make that our routine in life, everything else seems to fall into place a little bit easier.
PRAY: Dear Lord, You are all-present; never forsaking or forgetting us. You have also blessed us with a body of your hands and feet to surround us in all our seasons of life. Strengthen us and keep us as one, serving and belonging to each other joyfully. Thank you for your gift of community. Amen.