Handicap Grace

The story is told of a young boy who had been handicap since he was a small child. One day the young boy was looking for scraps in a dumpster behind a certain alleyway. He heard a commotion behind him, and quickly went to go see what was happening. He saw an old man slouched in the far corner of the alley with two burly men looming over him. The young boy growled at them from the shadows, and lunged for them. Seeing only the outline of his frame, they didn’t even notice that he was missing one arm.  The two men quickly ran away, and the young boy went to check on their victim. He helped the older man up, and gathered the old man’s wallet—which the thieves had dropped in their rush to escape. The old man saw the ferocity in the young boy’s eyes and noted his courage.

The old man was a well-noted boxing trainer, and he decided he would take this boy under his tutelage, despite his missing arm. Years later this boy became a master boxer. And despite his missing arm, he was as fierce as a lion when in the ring. In the final match of his career, his old master taught him one trick that he said would never fail the young man in the ring. When the day of the match came. The young man fought ferociously. But still he could feel his strength waning. In the last round, he made one last attempt at victory; using the trick his master had taught him. He executed it with much skill, and to his amazement his opponent lay knocked out.

After celebrating his victory that night he went to his master with complete befuddlement apparent in his face. “How could I have won master,” he asked. “Why did your trick work?” “I am only a handicap and my opponent was much stronger than me!” A small smile sneaked out from under the old man’s beard. “The only way your opponent could have counter acted your final move, was if you had another hand for him to grab on to,” he replied. You won not despite your handicap, but because of it. 

Often times God allows us to have certain handicaps in our life. Whether it be physical handicaps, or disadvantages we have always had to live with. Maybe we are not gifted in one area or another.  Maybe we grew up without certain comforts or opportunities. However, God never gives us a load we cannot bear. He can use our handicaps to become our glory. And then we will see, that it was not because of our strength we succeeded, but rather because of His grace. 

3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Kojo on January 16, 2013 at 5:12 am

    Great story 🙂


  2. Posted by kkw on January 16, 2013 at 5:25 am

    great piece. thanks for sharing.


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