Having the Right Perspective

I’ve discovered how essential it is to keep things in perspective in order to maintain hope when you’re in the midst of a trial. The first and most important lesson I learned was focusing on what I have and not on what I’ve lost.

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Our family before I was diagnosed with ALS. (Mary still had BIG hair).

Perspective: the capacity to view things in their true relations or relative importance. (Webster’s Dictionary)

I know of many people close to my age, even some close friends, who have died of ALS, Cancer and other diseases or were killed in tragic accidents. These moms and dads have missed being able see their children growing up. They weren’t there to take pictures before prom, to watch with pride as their child graduated from high school and/or college or to witness their son or daughter’s wedding.

I force myself to think about these friends and acquaintances when I begin feeling depressed about my inability to fully participate in this thing we call life. At times like last year when my daughter got married, and I was unable to walk her down the aisle or dance with her at the reception. During difficult times like this, I make a conscious effort to think about some of these people that are no longer with us; people like my friend Rick, who died of Cancer, leaving a wife and two teenage sons. I think about another blogger named Patrick, who died of ALS in December leaving a wife and a teenage son and daughter. Sadly, Rick and Patrick won’t get the opportunity to watch with pride as their children go through graduations, weddings and other landmark events in their lives.

I think about these people every time I’m tempted to complain or get depressed about my situation. I ask myself what they’d say to me if I was to complain about things like not being able to walk my daughter down the aisle at her wedding. Would they tell me that I should be grateful for just getting to be there to watch as she walked down the aisle? Of course, Rick, Patrick and the others have gone on to heaven so I don’t know what they might say to me. But I know they would be right if they were able to tell me to be grateful that I was able to be there for all the events that they’ve missed and will miss. In a sense, I feel that I owe them; that, if for no other reason, I must be grateful for their sake.

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Our son-in-law and daughters (January, 2012).

I know it’s strange for me to imagine what deceased people might say to me (to give me the proper perspective), but it works for me and, regardless of the trial that you find yourself in, we all must find ways of coping; ways of changing our perspective and attitude – ways of convincing ourselves that our life isn’t so bad after all.

“…I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.” (Philippians 4:11)

The aim of every Christian should be learning to be content in the good times and in the bad times. But, for those that hope in God, contentment does not mean we stop believing for better days ahead; it just means we’re grateful for today and that we’re going to live it to the full – even if we have to live today in a wheelchair!

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“For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.” (Romans 8:24-25)

About Bill Sweeney

In 1996, Bill was diagnosed with ALS (“Lou Gehrig’s Disease”) and the doctors told him he had 3-5 years to live. He is now completely paralyzed and unable to speak, but by God’s grace, he’s still alive and through his blog shares a message of hope in Christ - Unshakable Hope!

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  1. So sorry Bill that you have ALS!! Praise Jesus ( Yeshua ) for your Testimony!!

    My late Father has ALS and Cancer at the same time, he died in 2003 of Cancer!!

    Prayers Go Up as HIS Blessings Come Down!!

    Praise Jesus ( Yeshua ) Christ for Today and Everyday!!

    Merry CHRISTmas Everyone!!

    Love Always and Shalom Everyone, YSIC \o/

    Kristi Ann

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  2. I loved your pictures, what a beautiful family!
    And your perspective…it is contagious. Thank you.

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  3. Hi Mr. Sweeney,
    I love all your blogs and especially this one. It was such a great day being there for Lauren’s wedding. Every now and then I come on here to read a new blog or an old one that I liked and they always inspire/impact me. Thank you for taking the time to share your life with us and being an inspiration. I am now in nursing school and we went over ALS… a point in the lecture stated “most survive 3-5 years.” I of course had to say that I know first hand someone that has made it past 10 years since I couldn’t remember the exact years, after coming on here I must correct my statement and say 17 years!!

    Again thank you for all your words of wisdom and for Lauren.. even though her and I don’t talk as much as I would like to, when we do it is like we are still in high school!

    Love,
    AJ Yap

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    • Thank you so much for your encouraging words, AJ! Mary and I have been keeping up with you through Lauren; she told us that you were going to nursing school… Good for you! Hope to see you sometime soon.

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  4. Great post, Bill. We all could use a little perspective at times.

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  5. I just nominated you for the ‘Super Sweet’ Blogging Award. Please see my latest post http://kerrichronicles.com/2013/05/07/thank-you-for-the-super-sweet-blogging-award/

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  6. Keep your inspiration in Gods kingdom up Brother Bill…

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  7. Our struggles in this life are real… And nothing we use to help us gain perspective is “wrong”. I believe reflecting on what those who have passed would say is wisdom. He is a faithful Father and wants to comfort us in our questioning even when the answers feel more like consolation. I am thankful for your honest reflection of such things.

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  8. I always dedicate the end of each month to visit other blogs. I’m glad I took a moment to read “Having the Right Perspective.” I truly admire your eternal perspective on life. As you know, my father-in-law is a quadriplegic and has been in a wheel chair for seventeen years. I’m going to share your blog with him. Thank you for inspiring us to fix our eyes on Christ no matter what situation we are in!

    “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).

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  9. What a beautiful family and blessing from the Lord!

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  10. Dear Bill, I was minding my own business here in my kitchen when you came to mind. I think the Lord was asking me to pray for you … so I stopped and did … but I wanted to let you know … not so I can tell you how great I am for doing it … but to let you know that God sees you … and has people praying for your strength in Him 🙂 Blessings

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    • Thank you so much, Heidi! It’s incredible how many people have given me messages similar to yours; I really believe these short and seemingly simple prayers are quite powerful and even life-sustaining. Messages like yours have also made me more obedient to pause and pray for someone that comes to my mind. Thank you for your prayers!

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  11. Hi Bill,
    Just stopped by to share that you are making a very positive difference in people’s lives by sharing your testimony. Sometimes God uses those that are not able to be examples to those who are. Lest you think I am one of the able, I am not. I live with chronic illness and disability and know firsthand the struggle to be content with what I can do and let what I can’t do be someone else’s responsibility.

    Congrats on being father of the bride. That must have been amazing!

    Hugs and blessings,
    Pastor Sharon

    P.S. Thanks for visiting our blog, too. Your presence is always noted and appreciated.

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  12. Good day sir…my Brother in Christ,

    I was honored to have you visit my post. However, I was most honored to have read your posts. I look at you and see hope…I see the Lamb of God in your eyes…and I praise The Lord Jesus Christ for you…and ultimately Him…our Savior.

    In His Holy love,

    Elbert

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  13. Thank you for the like on my blog. Your blog is a blessing! I appreciate your indomitable spirit!

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  14. Hi Bill, What a lovely family, I am sad you couldn’t walk your daughter up the aisle, but I am glad you are there for them. Stay strong and God bless, Jo.

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  15. Reblogged this on Pbmom's Blog and commented:
    My very remarkable friend, Bill, with a unique perspective on life.

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  16. I REMEMBER that Christmas card picture! Perspective is everything. I thank God that you have been able to see your daughters graduate high school and your daughter get married, and I look forward to the day you get to meet your first grandchild. You are a remarkable person, Bill, with a remarkable family. My life is richer knowing you.

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  17. Glad to see that you are still hanging in there…with perspective, gratitude and faith. Wishing you continued blessings and joy!

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  18. What a beautiful story I thank God for your transparentesy, this was a beautiful story!! I appreciate you so much, thank you I needed this, also being one who went from being able to walk on my own to being in a wheelchair.

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  19. Beautiful words from a well-polished spirit. Reminds me of something God gave me to say when my depressions were bone crushing: “Thank God I’m alive to feel this bad.”

    I have been in several bipolar therapy groups and learned to dread that particular look on the facilitator’s face when there was an empty seat in the room. Depression and bipolar can be a terminal illness for some. It is quite eerie to be confronting a self-inflicted death of someone you know only by having the same illness. You’ve listened to their pain. You’ve cheered them on. They are so much like you….

    Our loved ones will never really know what it takes for us to remain alive – and that is how it should be. I myself will never know all the ways God acted to keep me in one piece. I just know, as do you, that when we remain alive not only mortally, but most importantly, eternally alive in Christ, our labors in the Lord are not in vain. Even if that labor is just to say “Thank God I’m alive to feel this bad.”

    Blessings

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    • Thank you for your comments, Sande. I am glad that God and your counseling has brought you through those difficult days. I know of many people with ALS and other terminal diseases that also suffer with severe depression. This is one of the reasons I am against assisted-suicide; most people that are diagnosed with a terminal disease will go through periods of depression. I am glad you are now helping others out of the pit of despair. God bless.

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  20. I have a hard time keeping my eyes on the right thing. Sometimes I struggle with getting my eyes on other people, and their path, and that’s when I get discouraged and start having a pity party. Thanks for the reminder to keep our focus on the blessings God has given us. Appreciate it!

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  21. Gorgeous photos of your family. And I always come away from your post humbled and so utterly grateful for everything I have in my life today. Thank you for touching my heart.

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  22. I thought I had clicked “follow” on your blog a long time ago, but apparently not. I’m doing so now. Love your transparency. You are telling your story beautifully. God bless you

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  23. What a beautiful family you have. Thank you for your perspective. You are an inspiration, and I tell people about you all the time. I see such an example of God’s peace and grace in you. Praying for you and your unshakable hope.

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  24. Thank you brother Bill for you wonderful testimony, and bless you and your beautiful family..

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  25. Hi Bill…. gratitude for what we do have is a topic very near to my heart for a number of reasons. First off, it saved my life and spared me from deep, deep depression years ago. For most of my adult life, I had no ability to filter out my self-pity and lack-focus until finally, life fell completely apart during an agonizing divorce and my response with alcohol and drug abuse.

    Now, I am also careful to not take making comparisons to an extreme. I believe that comparing our circumstances to others in order to be grateful can get out of balance and bring on new forms of flawed thinking.

    However, a healthy level of comparisons can genuinely help us, especially if we are stuck in a rut. For me, a life-changing experience of this came when I was missing my kids during a time when I was not functioning due to depression over divorce and the drinking I was doing in response. I had been sober a few months yet my ex would still not let kids come see me very much. I fell into deep depression and self-pity.

    Then one day, I get a call from a friend who tells me another friend of ours teenage son had just tragically been killed. I immediately went to see my grieving friend. When I found myself in the company of a man who would never see his son again, my self-pity over a temporary separation from my kids became very apparent. I was shaken so deeply by my realization as a result of this comparison, that it changed my perspectives permanently.

    Yet, I don’t run around looking for people to pity on a regular basis. I believe God worked through this situation, as tragic as it was, to wake me up. And not set a precedent for how I should live my life by repeatedly seeking those in greater crisis and deeper pain to compare myself to. This would be way out of balance.

    Instead, I felt led by God to find value in everything around me, regardless to what others have or don’t have. Yes, I will make the occasional comparison, it is human nature. But I feel the greater lesson and greater calling is to find value and be grateful without comparisons. I have found tremendous power in this practice! It can jolt me out of the dumps and self-pity in an instant.

    In this practice, I find I can be content in all things. Thanks for your enlightening and thought-provoking post.

    Ciao.

    Chaz

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    • Thank you for sharing that powerful testimony, Chaz. As I wrote in a post titled “Comparing Yourself to Others,” I have discovered that all people compare themselves to others, it’s just human nature. I don’t think it’s realistic to tell people not to compare themselves to others, but, as you seem to have discovered, it is possible to choose the type of people we compare ourselves to. Comparing our situation to the less fortunate and those going through horrible trials like your friend, makes us feel grateful for what we have.
      Obviously Christ wants us to feel empathy for others, like you felt/feel for your grieving friend, and empathy requires us to place ourselves in their situation. When we do this we see the contrast between their life and ours, so, in a sense, empathy is a healthy comparison that makes us grateful for what we have.

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      • Hi Bill…. I will certainly look for your post on comparing to others. It is a topic that I have a growing curiosity about.

        I agree, we can never stop comparing altogether. Agreed, it is human nature. I simply feel that in many circumstances, including my own, we can move from healthy to unhealthy comparisons quite easily without knowing it.

        Healthy and unhealthy comparisons are often indistinguishable in appearance. Yet they function completely differently. And again, the habit of frequent comparisons, especially unhealthy ones, can become a toxic trait we embed in ourselves.

        There is something uniquely thrilling and substantial in discovering gratitude in the absence of comparisons. In my experience anyway… and in fact, I am not even entirely sure why.

        I will leave it at that and perhaps dialogue further on your other post once I’ve had a chance to read.

        Ciao,

        Chaz

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  26. Great post, as always. I just want to add, though, that I’m glad that you feel sad at times for the reasons you listed. I know many people whose fathers didn’t even remember their kid’s graduations, birthday’s, etc. or tried to skip out on such important and meaningful events because they simply wanted do something else on that day. I’m glad that you care so much about your loved ones. It means a lot that there are caring fathers out there.

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  27. Thank you for sharing this with us and inspiring us to be positive and to look for the good, finding the blessing in every situation.

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  28. Your post blessed me immensely! Thanks so much for sharing your story! The verse you’ve included in your header (Romans 15:13) is one of my favorite verses. God used this verse to comfort me after I received very difficult news a few years ago. For a short time, I’d experienced a deep hopefulness, but God used my precious mom and this verse to breathe hope into me. I pray blessings for you and your family! Juliet :0)

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    • Thank you, Juliet. Obviously I love that verse too. You wrote; “God used my precious mom and this verse to breathe hope into me.” I have heard similar statements from other people that had their hope challenged – just one verse and one person can make all the difference! Romans 15:13 says that hope comes from the Holy Spirit, but the Holy Spirit works through God’s word and through God’s people, as you’ve discovered.

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  29. lifeofaministermom

    Your daughter’s are GORGEOUS and the family photos, both of them, absolutely warmed my heart. My father passed from cancer in Nov. of 2009, 2 days after my 28 birthday and months before my wedding day. Sometimes my heart aches at the thought of all the wonderful times he’s not here to witness and at that fact that my daughter won’t get to meet her grandfather here on earth. But, as you’ve so eloquently stated, we always, always have so much to be grateful for, especially being in Christ!!

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    • Thank you so much! I am going to email your comment to my daughters:-)
      I’m sorry your dad wasn’t there to walk you down the aisle… See, if a friend was complaining about her dad not being able to walk her down the aisle because he was in a wheelchair, you might not say it, but you would likely be thinking that she should be grateful that he was able to be there. That’s why I’m grateful.

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      • lifeofaministermom

        Oh I hope the comment makes them smile. 🙂 But you know something, you’re right, It may not be something I’d readily admit, but deep down I’d probably be thinking “if only you knew how fortunate you truly are.” I will say that I’m constantly amazed at how God gives us what we need and want, even if it doesn’t come in the way we expect it. Being a daddy’s girl myself, I know your daughter’s are thrilled to have the first man who captured their hearts right there with them…in any way. And as for me, I had my stepdad to walk me down the aisle and dance the first dance with, and even though it was never what I expected, it was a beautiful blessing!! I hope you have a wonderful, wonderful week!!

        Patricia

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        • Thank you, Patricia. As I mentioned in another comment, Mary’s dad was an “absentee father” (putting it nicely). But, like you, thankfully her step-dad was there to walk her down the aisle.

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  30. You have given encouragement and hope to many people today, including me. May God continue to bless you!

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  31. You are so right when you say “The first and most important lesson I learned was focusing on what I have and not on what I’ve lost.” The importance of counting our blessings in the midst of the trying times of life cannot be underestimated. After all, if we have Christ in our lives, we are very rich, blessed and prosperous. Lord bless you.

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  32. Oh my such a beautiful family. What a bountiful blessing for you to see her commit before the Lord. You walked her down the aisle by carrying hearts. You are such a inspiration when I stop by here.

    As I look at the picture and saw you there, the love surrounded you in the abundance that I didn’t notice the wheelchair. This is a memory of true love (God’s love) that filled the air. I know God’s presence filled your hearts without despair. May you cherish everyday because you have a gift of generations to come, to shower you .

    Very touching post that says Be thankful in everything.

    Shenine

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  33. As always you amaze and inspire me. Thank you for sharing your journey and family pictures. You have a beautiful family. You guys are beautiful! I pray for you daily! I believe in this lifetime we are going to see God do Miracles! And you will be the first one in line!
    Hey Bill, I just wanted to share this with you.. I know you have LIKED some of his posts and wanted to ask if you would add him to your prayer list as well as your other followers here.

    http://alabamabluegrassboy.wordpress.com/2013/04/13/post-surgery-update/

    XOXO
    Diane

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  34. Your writing has such a beauty to it, Bill. You have so much love in your heart for God. It was hard for me to accept that my father would not be at my wedding . . yet I am so blessed that I had a father who was so engaged with my life. Many go through their whole lives without having such a father here on earth. You are a blessing to every life you touch here.

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  35. Reblogged this on Totally Imperfect and commented:
    Reblogging a post from another, a great story on hope and perspective, and gratitude!!

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  36. This post has blessed me… You have a beautiful family… God bless you

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  37. noordinaryjoy61

    That was a very inspirational post… and a reality check for all of us. God bless you.

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  38. Bill, I re-blogged your post this morning, wanting to pass the blessing you are to me to some of my readers. (You’re my first.) Continuing to pray and to praise Him for giving you “the right perspective.” ( :

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  39. inspireddaybyday

    What an amazing testimony! Bless you a million times over for sharing it and may our Lord Jesus Christ, heal you in His mighty name! Giving you many full and wonderful years to come with your family and loved ones.
    Kimmy

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  40. What a beautiful family, Bill. Thanks for another great post. I attended a Heart of Healing workshop last nite. The lady talked about reframing the situation. Instead of complaining about having to mow the grass, be thankful you have a lawn, a mower, etc. Reframe. You do this so beautifully. You always manage to bless and inspire me. May God bless your day. He has blessed me through you. Connie

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  41. Bill:

    I continue to very much inspired by your faith, hope and writing as well.

    This Having the Right Perspective post, ie: the line: “I think about these people every time I’m tempted to complain or get depressed about my situation” resonates with me.

    The Lord uses in a poweful way, the people I think about, my friends with multiple health challenges, to move my heart to gain perspective on suffering, mine and other as well. He moves me to serve or lay down my life for these friends, even as I myself face daily health challenges. Denying myself doesn’t always come easy, and yet doing so in Jesus name is so very rewarding.

    Regards,
    Glen Kirkpatrick
    San Diego, CA

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    • Thank you for your input, Glen. I agree with you, denying ourselves doesn’t come easy; sometimes it feels more like living in denial:-) But, as I’m sure you’ve discovered, even though denying ourselves (living for God and others instead of for ourselves), is a difficult choice, it is a choice; a choice I have to renew daily and sometimes hourly. Thankfully it’s a choice God gives us the grace and power to make.

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  42. Man, what a wonderful post… Wow!
    The grace to focus on what you have and not what you’ve lost is so essential. You have a beautiful and awesome family. May The Lord continue to give you all strength every day.

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  43. I’m continually grateful to you Bill….you give me perspective. Xo, Bec

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  44. Bill, thank you for sharing. Your family is beautiful. How blessed you are and how wonderful that you know it. The Lord loves a grateful heart. You are an inspiration to me. Blessings, Peg.

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  45. This so blesses me. I tend to long for the way things used to be instead of rejoicing in all the blessings of today!

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  46. I also found out I have ALS, about a year ago, So I found your post very interesting, I am keeping a Diary, on my Blog (calvimistview.wordpress.com) would love to hear from you. Greg (glane520@sbcglobal.net) Are you aware of “Patientslikeme,com” It’s a site , where you can interact with other ALS special people.

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  47. I don’t think it’s funny at all to think of what deceased persons would say to us… You have a lovely, lovely family, I think in large part because of what a lovely person you are yourself. I am inspired every time I read a post from you. Thank you for reminding me of the importance of perspective and giving me tools to keep it in my own life.

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  48. What a loving reminder, thank you.

    Love, prayers, and blessings to you!

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  49. Thanks for another great post Bill – Inspiring us all to put things in the right perspective when facing trials and helping us to remember to live in the present but also know there is a lot to look forward to in the future.

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  50. You have a beautiful family and you blog is named perfectly. You are a beacon of hope as you share your story. May He continue to bless you abundantly as you do!

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  51. What a good reminder that hope, in the proper perspective, is a gift.

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  52. Loved seeing your beautiful family at different stages of life. I always know when I get an email of your posts, that God will say or confirm something through you. You may be younger than I am, but you have taken God’s express course on living with grace. Thanks so much for letting God use you so wonderfully for so many very different people in diverse circumstances. You are a blessing to us all.

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  53. What a beautiful family you have and a beautiful soul. Your grateful heart and perspective always realign me and the many others whom you inspire by the way you live your life! Thank you for being YOU! Big hugs to you! I often think of my friends who didn’t survive breast cancer and now I live for them as well ~ and I awaken every morning grateful that I am here with my family ~ and I pray for them in Heaven ~ never forgetting to be grateful for the presents of presence.

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  54. Brother, you have perspective, contentment, gratitude, undying, undiminished hope in God, and more, plus a lovely, blessed family to boot. You are an inspiration to me and I thank God for using you to bless, teach, and inspire us. God’s blessings and grace be upon you always.

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  55. So very inspiring! Thanx for sharing. Makes me think twice about grumbling today because I had to wait in line at the grocery store because the lady in front of me was so slow. We truly do need to put life in perspective every day:) God bless

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  56. You have such a talent for saying exactly what I need to hear just when I need to hear it. Beautiful post. And what a beautiful family you have. Hey, we have two grown daughters also: one blond and one brunette! And the blond is the (relative) newlywed! Thanks for your encouragement.

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  57. We love you Bill & family! Thanks so much for sharing your life with us! Blessings – Grace – I enjoy hearing from you and reading your words/thoughts and passing them on. Also, daily using them for our encouragement as well! Thanks so much. YOU and your family are so very special……..I thank my God for you and the family!

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  58. Bill:

    You are hereby officially awarded your PPS degree!

    (Pity Party Spoiler) : )

    I could be bitter against the late ENT surgeon who left me with a permanent physical and psychiatric disability, but life is too short and God is too good!

    Your blogs are a blessing!

    Bryan

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  59. No wonder you’re smiling in the last photo. You are surrounded by gorgeous women! Thank you for sharing the photos and your perspective.

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  60. Beautiful family and so much love and light! So many blessings!
    Lisa

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  61. Hi Bill, I’m subscribed to several blogs, some of which I skim read, but I read every word of your blog and am touched by your testimony for Christ, your powerful words of truth. And today, I also loved seeing you and your family.
    Blessings,
    Carolyn

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  62. I am celebrating God’s Goodness with you Bill, keeping you and your beautiful family in my prayers. Life is hard but I love the way His beauty shines through your testimony. Giving thanks for you!

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  63. Thanks, Bill.

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  64. Jennifer L. McCrary

    Thank you for sharing this, Bill.

    “. . .for those that hope in God, contentment does not mean we stop believing for better days ahead; it just means we’re grateful for today and that we’re going to live it to the full. . .”

    I’m going to share this on my Facebook page as the quote for today.

    God bless you in your journey!

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    • Thank you, Jennifer. When I hear the word “content,” it makes me think people like the rich man in Luke chapter 12; someone that’s satisfied and has no intention of using his “talents” for anything other than relaxing. That’s not the Christian kind of contentment; we must always be hoping for better tomorrow’s – for ourselves and others.

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  65. Camille Beaumont Studio

    You show true courage as It is never easy to enjoy the simple moments that everyday life gives us. Thank you for sharing, God bless.

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  66. Awesome post and pictures. God has smiled on you, Bro.

    Keep up the great work and soldier on.

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  67. Thank you for a beautiful post. A very comforting and encouraging message to start my day.

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  68. What a beautiful family you have, Bill: And what a beautiful attitude you are encouraging in all of us!

    Blessings ~ Wendy

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  69. Bill, you have a view on life that lends a unique perspective. I know you didn’t ask for it, but thanks for faithfully sharing it. The view you share changes the perspectives of thousands in profound ways. Well done!
    You are a blessing to me!

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  70. 🙂 amen.

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  71. Thank you for reminding me of this today! Sometimes life gets so busy that I tend to forget. God Bless you!

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  72. You are living out another verse that came to mind as I was reading your wonderful post. In everything give thanks. You seem to know how to do that. God bless you for sharing with the rest of us.

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  73. I am so glad you have a beautiful family to bring you joy. Thank you for sharing the pictures of your girls and new son. What a blessing for you to be there for your daughter’s wedding!

    This post is a blessing for me today in the face of things I have been experiencing. Thank you for this edifying and encouraging post. What do I have to be gloomy about? Well, actually nothing! It’s all a matter of perspective! “Whatsover things are lovely…whatsoever things are of good report…and if there be any praise, think on these things!” Philippians 4:8

    There is a song I recently came across on Youtube that has been a blessing to me. Perhaps you would like it too. The name of it is, “Be Strong,” by the Heritage Singers.

    Bless you Brother

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  74. Bill, every time you post, I stop and ponder the profound thoughts you share. You always stop me – you stop my day – and I become refocused. I am going to share your blog with my readers and I know that they too, will stop…and think about contentment and gratitude. You are a blessing to me and I enjoy each and every blog. I loved the pictures of your beautiful family. Diane

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  75. What a tremendous word! May we each be grateful for the lives we have. You have a truly beautiful family. May our God continue to give you strength & use you mightily.

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  76. Great post. I could not have said it better. This is on my heart for all of us dealing with our various health struggles. It was great seeing photos of your beautiful family. Thanks so much for sharing your heart and life with us. Praying God continues to help and strengthen you.

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  77. Reblogged this on Treasure in Jars of Clay and commented:
    I treasure the brother, and his beautify life, he is such a treasure to the Body of Christ!

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  78. brother your compassion, tenderness, and strength are a testament to the Life that is ‘in’ you the Life of Jesus Christ Himself…and it is a treasure to behold

    Grace and peace to you and yours.

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  79. Bill you are a blessed man!!

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  80. Thank you for the re-blog, Greg!

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  81. Thank you for the re-blog, Bruce!

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  82. Thank you for the re-blog!

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  83. Thank you very much for the re-blog, Lauren!

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