Joyful Leadership - Tuesday
“Rett’s Syndrome is a rare, genetic neurodevelopmental disorder of the grey matter of the brain that affects almost exclusively females.”
I have to confess, I’m not completely sure what that definition means, but I am certain of the hardship and heartache that’s hidden within its clinical connotation. My best friend’s daughter suffers from Rett’s Syndrome and I have watched him endure many trials over the years that would’ve beaten down and broken a lesser man. How heart-breaking it must be to see your only daughter stricken with such a tortuous malady; to live each day in the midst of a storm that seemingly never ends. He is, without question, an exemplary father, rich in love and rarely to be found in this world. I’ve often asked myself, “How is he able to find joy in this situation?” The answer is quite simple. Peace. His strength comes from the peace of God working in and through his life. His joy comes each morning he’s able to look upon the face of his daughter and see the twinkle in her eye and the crinkle of her smile, the movement of her hands and the sound of her voice, the expression of her emotions that unquestionably proclaim a richness of life amidst a poverty of speech. The apostle Paul understood the power of God’s peace and the joy it could bring into hardship and trial. He understood the power of God’s grace and the strength it could bring to the weak and broken-hearted. He even conferred it upon the Philippian church through his letter of encouragement:
“Grace to you and peace from GodeHis our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”
Paul knew what was needed to bring peace into troubled lives; to foster joy in the midst of trial and suffering. Evidently, so did my friend. Have I told you his daughter’s name? It’s Grace.
-Are Grace and Peace priorities in your relationships?
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