Pride In The Face Of Adversity

Hi again! As I was reading through the comments that were let on my last post one in particular really struck a cord with me. So I’ve been thinking about it and the more I thought about it, the more I knew I had to post about it. Before I go on though I have a few more pictures from the trip, that will be placed throughout the post. The comment that was left was having to do with pride and not allowing it to stand in your way. When I was in Disneyland we had a lot of walking to do, something that isn’t easy for me. So I could have let my pride stand in the way and just toughed it out all week. However I had to set that pride aside and allow myself the option to get some extra help if I needed it.

Now as it turned out because of how crowded it was I found it easier to walk for short distances and then sit and take breaks. I feel I did a good job of letting my wife know when I couldn’t keep going and when I could. This is something that isn’t always easy to do as others of you may know who struggle with disabilities. Our pride often stands in our way and becomes a wall that proves to be hard to get around. Its been an area that I’ve had to pray about and ask God to help me in getting past. At the start of all of this it wasn’t easy to admit that I needed help in various ways. My pride was one of the things that often stood in the way.

Slowly I started to break down that wall and get myself to a point where my pride wasn’t as big an issue. There will always be times where you will want to do things on your own or push yourself too hard just to do things without help. However you need to be able to give yourself a break and admit that sometimes you might need a little extra help and that you can’t do it alone.

I’m not at all saying that this is easy to do at all because it really isn’t. However if you humble yourself and give yourself permission to receive help then it’s going to be a lot easier to get through each day. It’s all part of accepting things for the way that they are. So I have a challenge for some of you out there who struggle in this area. Allow yourself to set aside your pride and see what happens. I promise you that you’ll start to knock down that wall that that may be standing between you and moving forward!

About Ross

My name is Ross and I want to welcome you to my site. I'm married to an amazing woman who is my best friend, and my soul mate all rolled up into one! I am the father of two very special girls who we adopted from China & Ethiopia. Together we make up one very multicultural family! In 2006 my life was turned upside down when I was diagnosed with CRPS/RSD. It was the start of a journey I never could have expected, and one that I couldn't fight without God. CRPS is a chronic pain disease and it started in my left hand. I lost mobility of my hand and started to experience pain unlike I ever could have imagined. Not to long after my left ankle became affected. I spent the better half of about a year not knowing what was going on in my body and traveling from doctor to doctor to find a diagnosis. As time went by I started learning more about CRPS and all its symptoms that it brings with it! As I started to learn more about CRPS I felt the growing need to share the information I was learning with others and to raise more awareness. As well I want this to be a place where we can connect and support one another. So I would encourage you to contact me if you want.
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3 Responses to Pride In The Face Of Adversity

  1. casey says:

    What a great post!! We can all take this message and apply it to our lives. Pride is an issue that each of us deal with in different ways. I’ve noticed that when I go to a park with my daughter that I get embarrased that I have to help her climb and go down slides still when none of the other parents seem to need to do this with their toddlers. It’s almost tempting to not want to help her sometimes because I feel like I look like a paranoid parent…at what cost??? Her falling?? Pride never helps us, it only hurts us in the long run so it’s refreshing to let it go! Great word for today.

  2. Amy says:

    Good for you Ross!

  3. Liz says:

    Great post Ross and so very true!
    I have had to learn the same lesson. I was once fiercely independent… after all, I raised 4 children alone in the face of adversity so I could do everything on my own.
    It was difficult for mr when I married Michael in 2009, to allow him to be the man he needed to be. We even bought some furniture for some of the kids and I was happy to build it myself (I always had in the past). I really had to learn to step back and allow him to be my protector, my provider, etc who God had placed in my life. Then having my car accident (which was just before the wedding) and discovering my injuries were more severe than first thought and my steady decline over the next 2 years, meant I had to rely on him even more than I should. It’s been a HUGE lesson for me in humility & trust.
    I know God has a purpose for everything, even the bad stuff that happens to us, God can use for good. My accident certainly wasn’t God’s doing, but it has taught me an awful lot about humility, trust, faith & gratitude (I’m sure there are more).

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