Little “V’s” count too


Many of us feel we falling one yard short of life’s victories…

Dealing with my SCI, I am faced with potential failure on a daily basis. I’ve learned though, that defeat is not a total loss. This applies to your life, work or business, and even in your spiritual walk. We must  trust that God’s game plan is infinitely better than our own. Truly knowing that in your heart, you really can’t lose. 

After loosing my legs a year before, I suffered a unstable fracture in my back. I had to undergo two surgeries to stabilize and keep my vertebrae together. If that was not enough, during the recovery from the fracture, my body felt that I suffered a “trauma” and needed to build itself back stronger. Due to the disruption of the signal from my brain to my legs, my body felt I needed to fortify the empty space located in the joints of my hips. It started to calcify everything in that area as well as turn everything I ingested in to new bone, closing the space in that joint. This drastically reduces mobility in that area. In my case, both my legs and hip socket connected together and left me zero movement. 

Before this fracture in my back… I could do high level paraplegic actions, like floor to chair transfers. Frustration and defeat set in quickly as I was reduced to depending on others for everything now. “So YOU take my legs(set back) and now YOU would have me LOSE even more mobility… why Lord?” Just then… my daily reading showed me… 

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”

2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV

Feeling defeated was for no reason when I reflect on the big picture. I never stopped to even truly understand how God granted me with the opportunity to even have a major surgery to fix this issue. A surgery of this magnitude, in the hands of 2 incredible surgeons. That in itself is a victory. Yeah…Sure… I’m a-ways out from floor transfers and not fully back to where I was before currently, but I just crossed my legs and they stayed! I could not never cross my legs and have them stay crossed like that before. Victory on two fronts, the Physical and my Faith just grew too. 

We all have situations that seem like your currently taking an “L”, but trust the major Victory is on the way… In the meantime, don’t miss or even dismiss the little “v’s” that are all around you. It can come in many forms. That job you interviewed for but didn’t get… Did you think of the fact you even had the opportunity to be considered in that process and what you have learned now for your next interview? Reflect on your day… then thank HIM. 

“I will love You, O LORD, my strength.”

Psalm 18:1 NLT