BY REV. DORAL PULLEY
Whatever manifests in the physical world that appears to be a problem is a really challenge. There are no problems, only challenges awaiting solutions. Calling a physical condition a challenge reminds of the truth that it can be overcome. Naming it as a challenge keeps the physical – fluid instead of permanent. Physical challenges do not come to stay; they come to pass. Sickness and pain were not meant to be chronic and debilitating. Once we get the lesson and the blessing from the physical challenge, then we can release it and let it go.
Seeing disease and discomfort as a challenge keeps us in the awareness of our true identity as children of God. We are not to define ourselves and others based on the physical. We are spiritual beings living in a spiritual universe that is governed by spiritual laws and principles.
Instead of calling people blind, we say they are visually challenged. Instead of calling people deaf, we say that they have a hearing challenge. Instead of calling people dumb, we say that they have a speech challenge. Instead of calling people handicapped, we say that they have a have physical challenge. Instead of calling people retarded, we say that they have a developmental challenge.
Jesus Christ traveled throughout the regions preaching and teaching about the Kingdom of God (Matthew 4:23). His ministry of the Word was accompanied by miracles, signs and wonders. All manner of sickness and disease were healed because he saw them as challenges that were able to be overcome (Matthew 9:35). Each of us have at least one challenge that we are working with in our lives. Challenges come to remind us just how powerful we really are (I John 4:4).
Rev. Doral Pulley is the senior pastor of Unity Temple of Truth Church, 511 Prescott St. S, St. Petersburg.