The Importance of Purpose


In my last post I wrote that my eye-tracking computer crashed and I was without a computer for three weeks. I also mentioned that MDA was nice enough to lend me the computer I’m now using until I can obtain a replacement. As I said, I am very thankful to MDA for lending equipment and for everything else they do. This isn’t a complaint, it’s just a statement of fact; like me, this computer is old and extremely slow. It is so slow that technical support recommended that I not add any programs (I am typing this post as an email because I thought adding Microsoft Word might kill the computer). So having to learn the new system and having many other limitations has challenged my patience.

For “normal” people, having a broken computer for any period of time would be an inconvenience. But imagine how much more inconvenient that would be if you didn’t have a smart phone or access to any other computer. Now imagine that you’re bound and gagged and for three weeks the only thing you could do was listen to audio books or watch TV. That pretty much describes what my time without a computer was like.

My nephew, Patrick, using his communication device

367 My nephew, Patrick, using his communication device

I know that the technology revolution has brought about many negatives for society. The Internet and smart phones have turned many people into social misfits. Even among family and friends, many people now retreat into their own little world of texting or playing games on their phones. But technology has been a true blessing for those with physical and/or mental challenges – people like me and my Autistic nephew.

Since ALS began to paralyze me, I gradually began spending more and more time on the computer. After it became impossible for me to use a standard computer (16 years ago), I discovered software that would allow me to control the computer using a “head mouse.” It is a little box with a beam of light that tracked a mirror-like sticker attached to the front of a cap I would wear. I could move the cursor and type by simply making slight head movements. This system worked well for about four years until my neck started getting too weak to hold my big head up. I was so determined to make it work that I bought a neck brace and, if I had Mary adjust the brace just right, I could still make slight head movements. That worked alright until one day my chin slipped off the front of the brace and I almost choked to death.

It was then that I discovered eye-tracking computers. Instead of a beam of light following a sticker on my cap, eye-tracking computers have a camera that follows eye movements – no neck brace needed! After getting used to using the eye-tracking computer, I was able to use my computer to read the Bible and books, listen to audio books or music, type emails and surf the web, etc. I gradually felt confident enough to volunteer as an Internet Missionary with Global Media Outreach. Then I started this blog.

Even after all these years of using this technology, it still amazes me that we are living in a day when a completely paralyzed person, someone that cannot even speak, can still text and email family and friends and communicate with people all over the world. I appreciate this technology so much more after going three weeks without it. I am really looking forward to getting my new computer so I’ll be able to once again type in Word, read the Bible/books, work with with Global Media Outreach and everything else I was able to do with my other computer.

I had a lot of time to think over those three boring weeks. I realized that, other than a few days of being sick or in the hospital, I’ve never really watched daytime TV and I now know that I wasn’t missing anything. After a while, the TV became more annoying than my mother-in-law’s white noise machine!

My whole adult life, even with the extreme fatigue of ALS, I’ve always been an early riser. I envied people who could sleep-in and take naps. During the time I was without a computer, one of the first things I realized was that I’ve always gotten out of bed early because I had a purpose for doing so. If I was just going to listen to an audio book or watch TV, I could do that from the comfort of my bed. I began losing my desire to even get out of bed and became kind of depressed.

Over the years I’ve learned to look for the lessons in every challenge I face, and this challenge taught me about the importance of purpose. Ilearned that a lack of purpose, or not being able to fulfill your purpose, is a big cause of depression. I also believe that God has a purpose for everyone, even for the “least of us.”


Purpose: the feeling of being determined to do or achieve something: the aim or goal of a person: what a person is trying to do, become, etc.

In 1 Corinthians chapter 12, Paul uses the human body as an analogy for the body of Christ (the Church): “But now God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body, just as He desired…there are many members, but one body…the members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary…” (1 Corinthians 12:18-22). That is so encouraging to “weaker” members like me.

Our purpose doesn’t have to be great, by man’s standards, but I don’t believe it’s possible to live with joy, peace and hope without feeling like you’re giving others a reason to have joy, peace and hope. God’s purposes for us always involve the betterment of others. If you don’t know God’s purpose for you, begin helping and encouraging others. Ultimately this is His purpose for all of us.


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. You inspire me…thank you….;)

  2. God’s purpose for us may not be the purpose we would choose for ourselves. God’s purpose is always greater. We cannot, however, measure it in worldly terms.

  3. “Let the weak say I am strong” Joel 3:10
    As I read your comment about being the weakest (and yes I acknowledge I have no idea of the challenges you face everyday!) I would still strongly suggest that you are one of the strongest and influential people in the Kingdom!
    You find hope, lessons and courage in everything you do and share that with the world.
    the Kingdom judges so differently to the way the world judges, and I know that you know this, and so I say Mighty Man of God you ARE strong and noble and noteworthy and your impact is resounding through the chambers of eternity for the King’s Glory.
    Blessings, God is Good!

  4. I love your positive attitude. I have clients who deal with much less than you do, who could use a dose of your PA (positive attitude) 🙂

  5. Hello Bill! What a great post about the ‘three longest weeks of your life’ (ugh), and the vital role that purpose plays in our lives. Proverbs says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish…” Prov. 29:18

    I was wondering if you make use of an audio Bible? I found this one:
    I prefer reading, (which this site has a very comfortable typography for me), but I’m noticing that it’s a very different experience to listen to it. Perhaps we use a different part of our brain to process information with our ears.

    Great Peace be to you and yours. 🙂 Beth

    • Thank you, Beth.
      I do have the Bible on CD and on Itunes. But, like you, I prefer reading the Bible. I think my brain is slow – I ponder something I’ve heard and I completely blank out on the passage that follows 🙂 I do enjoy audio books though.

  6. Your suggestion that those in search of purpose begin by helping and encouraging others is right on the mark. Often we seek something “grand” to do in God’s name, when opportunities to serve are all around us.

  7. Thanks for the explanation of how you communicate via the eye-tracking computer. That’s amazing! What’s really amazing is your determination to be an inspiration to others. I will be praying for you to have many more years on this earth to watch that lovely little grandson grow up. 🙂

  8. I just want you to know that I just finished praying for your heart!! I honestly don’t know how you do it. But I know that you’re still “standing spiritually” by the grace of God!! Paul said in the book of Corinthians; “I am what I am by the grace of God!” And I bless that unending grace and Hope God has poured upon you without measure. May His power continue to be perfected in your weakness. You’re my inspiration……..

  9. Loss of a sense of purpose, however small, is my greatest fear. I try to remember
    that there is purpose in all that God allows into my life, not just in what I am able to accomplish. At the end, Jesus lost all ministry and was helpless, but in accepting even that and letting it go, his dying became life for him and for all of us.

    I could never see any purpose in my mother’s fourteen years of dying by inches with Alzheimer’s, particularly the last years when she was comatose, but several times God reassured me that someday I would understand the reason and that “Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal.”

    I am grateful for all that you share and the grace I receive through it. You are in my heart and in my prayers. I thank God for you.

    • Thank you for sharing those powerful thoughts, Eileen. I don’t think you’ll ever lose your sense of purpose because you realize how important it is to have a sense of purpose. Thank you so much for your prayers.

  10. Bill, this is an inspiring testimony of wanting to be a blessing to others. Without a purpose it’s difficult to move through life. It would certainly be unfulfilling and as you aptly described; boring! Bless you as you bless those who read your blog. Bless Mary too!

  11. Bill, your spirit inspires me. Your energy grabs me through the computer and sets me on a higher path. Connecting with you through blogging is a pure gift. I know so many others feel the same about you. You lead the way, my brother. Thank you.

    Love and blessings…

  12. So good to hear from you! You’re right about daytime TV. Ours is never on until hubby comes home from work.

  13. I am so moved by your will and determination. And im thrilled that technology allows for your continued blogging etc. you are truly amazing. God Bless you!!
    Katie 😃😃😃😃

  14. Linda L. Christianson

    I am glad to hear from you again. We were gone for some time in Florida in March so I am a little behind on responding. Today my goal is to address some of the things on my desk. I enjoy hearing your works of encouragement. Always looking to the positive in your situations. As the process of ageing and living with polio since 6 1/2 months old I need encouragement some days. The challenging are there more everyday in my ability to do all the things I love to do. It takes a long longer and I can only imagine how time is slow for you in your tasks keep inspiring people. My husband’s sister lost her battle against ALS in 1994. She didn’t have the technology that is available now. We were able to communicate with her using a ABC board and she would blink when we were on the right letter. Now it is a lot easier for you to communicate with 1,000’s of people. Keep up your good work. You are a Blessing.

    • Thank you, Linda. It’s good to hear from you again. It’s really amazing how far technology has come in just 20 years. I have one of those letter boards and we had to use it a few times when my computer was down.

  15. Linda L. Christianson

    Nice to hear from you again. By now you probably have your new computer. My husbands sister lost her battle with ALS in 1994. Only three years she struggled. You are so blessed to continue with “purpose” and can inspire others to have purpose. As the aging process and living with polio challenge me everyday I need to be reminded that I too have a purpose. To make someone else’s life a little bit better everyday. As spring is starting to arrive in Minnesota, I look forward to the warmth of those summer days. It has been a very long winter. Also I look forward to sharing my words of encouragement to sixth grade students in local schools. Bullying is a topic that I enjoy. When I was in seventh grade the bullying, then probably called teasing, took place. I remember how I felt and how I handled it. I want kids to know that it is alright to be different and that it is not alright to treat someone that is different differently. Keep up your great work and God’s Blessings to you. Linda

  16. Reblogged this on Heavenly Inspiration Today and commented:
    Now this is really really really inspirational=)

  17. Wow I’m amazed at your enthusiasm:D
    I totally get the withdrawal symptoms without smartphone or laptop but can’t imagine what you must’ve gone through. When I was sick for years I was very lonely and that made me depressed as well. Nothing to do, no one to see, everyone carrying on with their lives as if I’m already gone. Now what I wana say to you, is get Pastor Larry Huch’s book “Free at last” (generational curses) and I do hope somehow that is possible, or just get someone to read it and pray all of that over you:) time for miracles has not ended, I am one. I am sooo sure you’re entire life as it is will change if those prayers are prayed right there with you. I hope really hope it will be possible. Will be praying this side. And for the new laptop to arrive asap:) I’m amazed. God bless you!

    • Thank you for your encouraging words, Chantel. I can totally relate to the way you felt when you were ill. The worst thing is feeling that the world has dumped you off and continued on without you. That is why it’s so important to feel like you have a purpose. I suspect that, like me, you learned that lesson the hard way.

  18. Thanks for a positive reminder. Your writing always touches my soul and allows me a closer understanding of what it is that I’m feeling and how to put those feelings into action for my own positive outcome.

  19. You are such an inspiration, Bill. I often go back to older posts, and draw additional insight from them. Even when you’re not actively writing, your posts continue to spread hope and peace.

  20. “Over the years I’ve learned to look for the lessons in every challenge I face, and this challenge taught me about the importance of purpose. I learned that a lack of purpose, or not being able to fulfill your purpose, is a big cause of depression. I also believe that God has a purpose for everyone, even for the “least of us.”
    I always learn from your posts and come away encouraged and inspired. But for the record, you are not the “least of these.” I’d say you are a giant in the faith. Thanks for sharing!

  21. Great reminder about purpose and the value of technology. I was glad to share this post with my Facebook friends. So very glad the Lord is using you to reach the world with your thoughts.

  22. Wonderful post! The importance of purpose is a reminder that has echoed in many facets of my life lately. I pray that we all take this point to heart, and bless others as we seek to do what He has called us too!

    • Amen, Patrica. If we know our purpose, we can then begin to let go of the things that are wasting our time and keeping us from fulfilling our purpose. That’s the process I’m in now.

  23. Thank you for this encouraging and inspiring post. Yes indeed we all have a purpose and was born and raised up in this generation for His Glory – I hope you get your computer soon.

  24. Wow mate, you really do have unshakable hope! Well done and keep going!

  25. “Over the years I’ve learned to look for the lessons in every challenge I face, and this challenge taught me about the importance of purpose.”

    Thank you for your timely reminder that embedded within every challenge is the passageway to fulfilling God’s purpose in and through us. I needed that encouragement today!

  26. I feel foolish forever bringing my hurts to God. I can’t imagine your struggle, but I really feel that I have nothing to complain about. Your faith is a true inspiration. To see someone like you or someone that has really suffered for their faith, it has an ability to put everything truly into perspective. Keep up the good work, and God bless you.

    • Thank you for your comments. “His grace is sufficient” for all of our needs, wants and hurts… I would never want to dissuade someone from praying about comparatively “little” needs because they see my struggles. But I do agree with you about putting things in perspective.

  27. Reblogged this on Totally Inspired Mind… and commented:
    Standing ovation for this wonderful piece from my amazing friend who does a blog called Unshakable Hope on
    Maybe he would know a great device that accurately turns spoken text to type that costs little? Chances are he would!

    Paulette Motzko

    • Paulette, thank you so much for your comments and for the re-blog!

      • My pleasure. You are really an extraordinary man and if you know of a voice activated speech to text program i could use, please let me know. I fractured my left wrist and am typing with one hand instead of two. I used to do 80 wpm. I am a content writer for websites and am trying to make the best of having to wear a fiberglass stint on my forearm wrist and most of my left hand.


        Paulette Motzko

  28. Hi Bill. Your description of purpose, and how it affects our life, our attitude, and ultimately our desire to even participate, are right on. In my ministry I have noticed the people who persistently battle depression are the ones who seem to have no purpose to their life. This concept illustrates rivers of living water…when we receive stuff we need to give stuff to keep everything flowing and not get all clogged up. I applaud your ability to find ways, despite your incredible limitations, to keep the stream moving through your own life. God bless!

    • Thank you, Laurie. I know that the causes of depression are many, but I do think not knowing your God-given purpose or not being able to do that purpose, is a big factor.

  29. Oh Bill, you are so right about the internet, in fact I’ve been preparing a post about this very subject and how it is a life-saver for my Aspie daughter, just as you expressed here how it is for yourself and your autistic nephew. Modern technology is amazing when it is used in this way. It’s great to see you back and yes, having a purpose is so important. Goes hand in hand with hope doesn’t it? God bless you dear friend.

    • Thank you, Sherri. Technology is so great for those like your daughter, a true blessing. How does your daughter use technology?

      • She uses a laptop as her problems are caused by severe social anxiety so for her, the internet helps her have contact with her friends without having to go out. She has several blogs, mostly on Tumblr and she also does her art work online using a computer pad. She writes a lot and does a lot of role play through her writing which is a wonderful way for her self-expression. I tell her she would make a great fiction writer 🙂

  30. Reblogged this on Richard's Watch and commented:
    Bill’s recent lesson in patience over a similar situation really humbled me. About the same time I’d made a mistake whilst re-sizing partitions and prevented my pc booting. So I had several days’ bother rebuilding all its software – but it’s nothing compared to what Bill experienced – and it proves computers can be a tangible blessing for folk with ALS.

  31. This is inspiring. I pray your hope is never crushed you have a beautiful spirit. 🙂
    /hugs (Because words mean so little)

  32. Thank you, fascinating and hopeful. Your last paragraph nailed it.

  33. I remember reading “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he,” (Proverbs 29:18).

    Each of us needs the daily leadership of the Holy Spirit to live in hope and victory: without this personal Mentoring, we are like a ship without a rudder; without His daily assignments, we live empty lives.

    I read your blog because of your testimony in the Lord–that He is faithful–and that, in our weakness, His strength is perfected.

    When I reflect upon your heart and service and stand for Christ, I am encouraged in my own walk.

    So, we are overcoming together!

    Peace and grace,


    • “When I reflect upon your heart and service and stand for Christ, I am encouraged in my own walk….”
      For a follower of Christ, that’s the most encouraging comment. Thankfully, for every hypocrite and otherwise bad example of Christian behavior, I’ve probably known ten Christians that have strengthened my walk.
      Thanks, Mark.

  34. Reblogged this on God's group and commented:
    Posted by my friend and brother in Christ, Bill… What an amazing testimony of God’s grace in action !!

    Blessings in Christ, bruce

  35. It’s so hard to begin to explain how humbling it is to read your posts – you create so much in me from a place of such physical lack. This has really challenged me (in a good way) because when it comes down to it, we have so much yet with such little and wasted purpose. Jesus was a man always on purpose – as are you by the writing and sharing of this blog through the flicker of an eye. God Bless x

  36. It is amazing to me to hear of how you use technology. And what a blessing it is to the many, myself included, who are uplifted and inspired by your words. I’m glad that your ‘loaner’ is enabling you to continue fulfilling your purpose…daytime television is enough to depress anyone!

    You are so right that lack of purpose, or being unable to fulfill it is a huge depressor. I’ve dealt with depression most of my life, and it is infinitely worse when my purpose wavers. Without fail, if I commit to encouraging someone else, my own spirits are lifted.

    Nice post, Bill. It’s good to ‘see’ you! 🙂

    • Thank you, Rebeca. It sounds too simple that doing for others, even just an encouraging word, would help to lift us out of the pit of despair, but it helps me and it’s helped you.

  37. Lovely post, very encouraging. Praying that the computer you get will be better equipped then your last.

  38. Bill, I read over your post twice. You are so encouraging and so balanced in your faith and wisdom. I remember well how technology helped people in an extended care home that I worked in during the 80’s. It’s amazing how much more it is helping people now. People perish without purpose. I’m so glad that you are able to continue encouraging people across the globe.

    Blessings ~ Wendy ❀

  39. Praying for you, brother. I’ve been missing your blog.

  40. “a lack of purpose, or not being able to fulfill your purpose, is a big cause of depression. I also believe that God has a purpose for everyone, even for the “least of us.”
    so true, and well said

  41. All I can say is- you are amazing. Thank-you for allowing Jesus to minister. 🙂

  42. Thank you so much, Bill, for continuing to persevere despite your severe health challenges & recent setbacks with your computer.
    The way you handle your trials is such an illustration of 1 Corinthians 4-8:

    “Love never gives up.
    Love cares more for others than for self.
    Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have…
    doesn’t strut…
    doesn’t have a swelled head…
    doesn’t force itself on others…
    isn’t always “me first,”
    doesn’t fly off the handle…
    love trusts God always,
    always looks for the best,
    never looks back,
    but keeps going to the end.”
    Then St. Paul goes on to write, “Love never dies…” (1 Cor.13:8)

    All your suffering on this earth is reproducing Christ’s love in you and in your beautiful writing.
    I am so inspired by your precious faith. You are a living epistle etched with the love of Christ.
    Your life is a shining light leading others to the living God.
    The bible promises in the book of Daniel that those who lead others to God will shine like the stars forever.
    You and your family are daily in my prayers.
    May God’s finest blessings overtake you. ~Suzanne

  43. Hello my friend! Would it be too hard to ask your readers to help you with a computer? I think they would.

  44. When you get to heaven, Bill, Jesus is going to have a LONG list to share with you–the names of those you’ve impacted in your family and community, on your blog and through Global Media Outreach. You are such a powerful, memorable example of perseverance, positivity and faith!

  45. I was in ” darkness” in one eye when the gas bubble injected into my eye blocked my vision for three weeks in December 2013, and another three weeks in January 2014 after a macular hole operation. I understand a little of how you felt without your computer as I too had to stop blogging. Thank God it’s back to normal for me and I pray you will get your new computer soon.

    Truly hope and purpose in The Lord makes the day.

  46. I’m so glad that you feel a purpose in sharing your life because it does encourage me and reminds me to never give up. After feeling that God called me to be an encourager a couple of years ago, I can only pray that I can do as well as you have. God bless you!

  47. The title of your blog says it all – thank you for your ministry and showing us all how blessed we are! I’ll be praying that this technology allows you to reach many more for the cause of Christ. Blessings to you

  48. Dearest Bill, I needed to read this today. God used you to speak straight to my heart. My husband and I recently redefined our purpose and took on a challenge that is way bigger than ourselves. God has shown us how closely our purpose is linked with our surrender to Him. Thanks for your faithfulness and following your purpose to encourage the Body of Christ!

    • Thank you, Heidi. As you already discovered, God’s purpose for us is always bigger than ourselves – it’s never just about us and it’s never something we can do without His help.

  49. I would find it very difficult to be without my computer as I spend a lot of time on it…. I don’t of course have the challenges you do, but blogging is an intricate part of my life… there are so many wonderful people here…. and I definitely feel it to be more than ‘blogging’ per se. Diane

  50. Bill
    you have so many praying! I LOVE your heart♡ I know God will bless you soon with a computer solution. You’re His words warrior! The stupid devil is just afraid of you! BUT we pray in Jesus Name for a computer SOON!

  51. Julia Motherway

    Thank you. My husband is two years into ALS and your words are a huge comfort. Sent from my iPhone


  52. Bill,

    Your writings always come right on time. Thank you so much for the encouragement you give away so freely. God bless you and your family. I am keeping you in my prayers.


  53. Bill we haven’t meet, however via your blog and the help of technology your are becoming a friend and mentor as I traverse the same ALS/MND journey. Be so encouraged and inspired as you put courage in and inspire others. Phil

  54. You put me to shame, Bill. (Kinda like David Ring did the first time I saw him.) What an inspiration you are! As always, Thank You!!! 🙂

  55. I am so glad your computer is on its way! Don’t worry about daytime TV. I haven’t watched cable–only Nanny reruns and such–since 2012. I know about the depression–I hate that I do. It’s not that I mean for it to be that way. Finally, I was without email this past week for a few hours and I thought I would lose it because some of my contacts are only through email. It’s not like phone where a busy signal or such. You don’t know if there is something wrong. I will have to rethink that. Glad to know that you will be back in business soon. Don’t get depressed-you are my inspiration 🙂 . And, God takes care…Take care! – Amy 🙂

  56. Bill, I understand why you may see yourself as one of the ‘least among us’ but I do not view you that way at all. I look forward to every one of your posts. Of gleaning from all God is teaching you. And watching your determination and courage is a constant source of encouragement for me. I frequently remind myself, ‘if Bill can keep on believing and being used, so can I.’ Or ‘My problems are nothing compared to Bills’. And I don’t keep these thoughts to myself. I share the story of what an amazing person you are. To me, you are a vital member in the body of Christ. Thanks for ALWAYS blessing me with your posts. I pray for you much.

  57. Thank you for reminding me that technology is a special gift. I witness this first-hand with my father-in-law who is a quadriplegic. Technology has helped him eat, sleep, and get around. I love how you tied in your topic with Biblical Truths. We all have something to offer the body of Christ no matter what our weakness is!
    “But He said to me, ” ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me” (2 Corinthians 12:9).

  58. You are not the weaker member, you are the stronger member. Stronger in faith, endurance, and yes, I dare to say, stronger in Christian Character and hope. Than I could ever be. May everything you write bring Him much glory, for I rather thing He does in fact glory in such a one as you!

  59. Believing for strength and a quick resolution to your computer replacement. In Jesus name, Amen.

  60. Hello, Bill: As a young girl, I was raised with three loving aunts in my family who lived with a rare genetic disorder within the MDA family. They taught me early in life to be thankful, to live with joy, and persevere through trials. You, together with your words are such an inspiration that I find myself in complete awe of you. I pray that you get your new computer soon, Bill. Stay healthy and keep writing!

  61. I have been praying for you and your new computer so I appreciate the update and your insight on the technology involved with it! Praying it will arrive soon . . . I sure have missed hearing from you Bill! Happy 2nd Day of Spring!

  62. Jennifer Stepanski

    So good to receive your posts! Thank you so much for sharing. Thank you for your friendship, your prayers, your strength, your love, your faith; you are a blessing to us. You, and my husband, truly inspire so many people and teach us so many important truths and stir emotions up to make us think, encourage us and help us to feel so richly blessed! You make such a difference in my life, Ron’s life and so many more! Love you, GRACE – Have a joyful and purpose filled weekend!

  63. If you have a pulse, you have a purpose. Awesome post!

  64. Hello, Bill. As I was reading this I was picturing you writing it with your eye-track computer 🙂 You may be weak in body, but your spirit is indomitable. Thank you.

  65. “Weakness” has many definitions. It can be physical, mental, spiritual, emotional, etc. I have never met you but I can tell you, from reading your blogs, that you are not weak. You are so very strong and it shows in your words. You keep in search of renewing your mind and are able to grow through knowledge and wisdom. You have inspired me personally!

    You are truly Awesome!

    God bless you and I pray your relationship with Christ deepens to find peace, joy and purpose at every moment!

  66. Thank you for sharing , what a inspiration you are. I know computers have a great help to me too with overcoming some of the obstacle of Dyslexia (learning disorder)

  67. Thank you so much for sharing these thoughts! I’m afraid I’ve become somewhat depressed this winter for these very reasons — not that I don’t have any purpose at all, but that nothing is urgent. They say “Work expands to fill the time allotted for it” so if a person has all day to do something it takes all day — or all week. And by then it gets to be a chore, a drag; life becomes a state of procrastination.

    Appreciate your blog posts and your insights. May the Lord give you strength to keep up this good work.

    • I can relate, Christine. Now that you mention it, I think my three weeks without a computer would have been less depressing if the weather would have been nice enough for me to at least sit outside and listen to audio books…

  68. ‘Social misfits.’ Nice, one word I use often as well. Yet in another way, people would use the same word regarding we who who cast an eye toward heaven and believe in the unseen.

    That’s ok, there will come a day when faith will be sight, and we can then rejoice in He who WILL make all things new.

    But you are spot on as to purpose, and even the most unseemly of us can be useful to the Master 🙂

  69. Hi Bill, I would very much like to contribute to your new computer. Could you give me contact information? My email address is:

    • Wow, Diane, that is SO thoughtful!!! My insurance didn’t cover the cost of the computer and I was about to give up on the idea of even getting one, BUT God, like so many times before, intervened and the computer is 100% paid for! We ordered it last Friday.
      Thank you for your generous offer!

  70. Amen! I especially like when you said this,”Our purpose doesn’t have to be great, by man’s standards, but I don’t believe it’s possible to live with joy, peace and hope without feeling like you’re giving others a reason to have joy, peace and hope.”

    It reminds me of the three essentials for life as said by Joseph Addison, “Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.” Is there anything we, your readers, can do to help you?

  71. Bill,

    Thanks for what you shared in this post. Now that I know more about the advanced stage of your ALS, the words you share through your blog have even more meaning for me. I now realize just how much time it takes you to write a post or reply to a comment whether it be on your blog or a comment on mine. Your sharing this morning really touched my heart. Thank you the view into your world.

    Your brother in Christ,

    • Thank you, Patrick. It was time-consuming to type with my old computer, but this loaner computer has been a huge challenge! But it will make me appreciate the new one so much more.

  72. Thank you for using the purpose God has given you to share your perspective with us and reach out to encourage others!

  73. Hey, contact Team Gleason they help with tech products.

  74. Such a beautiful post ~ we’ve missed you. You inspire us all and I am glad to read you are back online. I hope your new computer comes quickly. Keep shining your bright light! ♥ Big hugs to you!

  75. Thank you for reminding me of how important technology can be, that it can be a lifesaver. I often disparage it! Don’t really like computers. But it’s true, they can serve a higher purpose to really help people, and I often forget that. I guess God is just in everything! Right? And I don’t look at you as “the least” of us. Truly, you are an advanced soul that is helping people. I think it’s awesome that you are doing a global media outreach. You may not even know how many people you reach, but your courage and your strength are amazing to me. And I am grateful to have made your acquaintance on God’s highway. I guess that’s 1 way of looking at the internet. Many blessings!

    • Thank you, Linda. I think it’s easy to disparage technology because we hear so much in the news about how it’s being used for evil. Technology is only as good as what we use it for.

  76. Excellent post, Bill! You are certainly an encouragement to me. The fact that you continue to minister is a testimony to the fact that our Lord has everything to do with modern technology whether we acknowledge Him or not. Otherwise we would not be able to read your posts and be edified by them. Thank you! Looking forward to your next one.

  77. You are amazing and I am so moved by how redemptive your struggles are for me and many. Thank you for sharing your wisdom!

  78. I want you to know that each and every blog that you write I read. You are such a huge inspiration for me. I LOVE you and your ministry. If you have a facebook account look me up either by my name or the name of the ministry. I have something to say to you and your family.

  79. Great post Bill, although I don’t know my purpose I do enjoy helping people. I am fortunate enough to at least have a part time job that allows me to do that. Though I don’t know how much I help them there is the occasion when some of the people I am helping let me know I did so there is no greater feeling in the world at least to me anyway.

  80. You inspire me beyond words. Thank you for your unshakable Faith and for sharing your journey with all of us. Blessings to you, Brother.

  81. You are always a great source of inspiration and encouragement!

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