Put Your Chin Up and Fight

“In God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mando to me?”

In his book, Life Changes, James Hefley writes aboutBarry Luppin who was just twenty-six when a rare nerve disease sent him intothe world of silence. Unable to pursue the law career he had planned, hedrifted aimlessly for eight years bemoaning his deafness.

Then he determined, in his own words, to “put mychin up and fight.” He learned to lip read and went into the auto leasingbusiness. The business prospered into a multi-million-dollar enterprise.

Barry never allowed his handicap to keep him from normalwork. When a customer calls, his secretary picks up an extension phone. Shehears the caller and mouths the words silently to Barry who sits nearby. Hereplies in normal speech never letting on that he is stone deaf.

“If you have a physical handicap, you can run into acorner and hide,” says Barry, “or you can just try harder than thenext man and make a success of yourself.”

In many ways life is what we make of it. If we choose tolive in harmony with God’s will and his purpose for our life—no matter what ourcircumstances—our life can then be an investment not only in this life but alsoin eternity.

Forwarded by Erin