Patterns of Life



It was good to see in the recent Commonwealth games, people with various disabilities competing in the track and field events and other team games. Undoubtedly a lot of hard work in training and maintaining a determination to excel at sports similar to able body sportspersons was necessary.


Through history, there have been people who have had to overcome difficulties in their life to achieve what others were able to do with relative ease. People such as:

The Greek poet Homer is thought to have been blind.

Another poet, John Milton, was blind wrote his major work Paradise Lost.

Franklin Roosevelt had polio, but he learned to exercise to overcome it and to go on to be governor of New York and President of the United States.

One of the most brilliant minds, Albert Einstein had difficulty in speaking. He was four years of age before he could speak. During his early days of schooling his teachers did not have much hope for him because of his casual manner. In time his work developing the theory of relativity was recognized by many as being advanced beyond what most could comprehend.


It is amazing when one searches for modern day people, to see so many familiar names of sports people, inventors, authors, and academics who through adversity have achieved greatness in different fields of endeavour.


In the early days of the church many of the apostles faced hardships beyond what many would have said, why bother, when the responses to the message are few and far between. The Apostle Paul could well have thought this when he found himself robbed, chased out of towns, shipwrecked, beaten and robbed, he ought to give up. Not at all, none of these experiences deterred him from his mission. Quite the opposite, he said: “We boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our suffering, because we know that suffering produces perseverance, perseverance character, and character hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been give to us.” (Romans 5: 3 -5)


Robert Arnold

Pastor, Kyabram Baptist Church



















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