The Story of My Life
Author: Daniel Lehmann
“All things work together for the good of those who love Him.” - Romans 8
No, this is not an article about the band “One Direction”. I’m still recovering from Zayn leaving the band, but I’ll refrain from sharing my deep felt emotions on the matter for another time.
“For you created my inmost being, you knit me together in my mother’s womb, I Praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” - Psalm 39: 13-14
This scripture has always been a source of comfort for me. To know that the way He made me, the way he made you; is special and unique, is simply on amazing thought.
Just think about it. 7 billion people in the world and He knows each by name and has specially formed each of us with unique gifts and personalities. All are valuable to Him. All are precious in His sight. All have been created for His pleasure. Yes!, when He thinks about you and me, He smiles. He takes pleasure in even the finest detail of our lives.
"How precious are Your thoughts toward me, How vast is the some of them.” v17
Ok, so I know what your thinking. “I’ve heard all this before, if He really took so much pleasure in making me why did create me with… (fill in the blank)." I think if we are honest, all of us have battled with these thoughts numerous times in our lives. Some of us with more victory and breakthrough than others.
For me, every day of my life from the time I was able to go to school, I battled these thoughts. For some reason when God was coming up with His cosmic blueprint of my life he decided to give me a heavy dose of a learning disability called “Lesdyxia”, sorry I mean “Dyslexia”. If you’re not familiar with the disorder, well, lets just say that I should never take a job that requires a lot of numbers or letters in a specific order, because I tend to see them in reverse order… It’s a lot more complicated than that, but that the gist.
I once worked for a company that made custom windows and doors and fabricated an order of 200 windows with all the measurements backwards… My boss was not happy, to say the least…
I believed the lie for many years that God had made some sort of mistake when He made me. This idea permeated much of my life and led me a season of rebellion in my teenage years.
I’m able to joke about it now, but for many years I believed that it was possible for God to create junk, i.e me. This began to translate to how I viewed others as well. I became extremely judgmental. If you believe the lie that you’re made with a list of faults or mistakes, that is how you begin to view others. You begin to look for all the faults and defects in others in order to justify and drive home your core beliefs about God. It can also be a very lonely place so you begin to commiserate with others who have the same belief. Hence the whole decade of 90’s rock music…
Romans 8 - “all things work together for the good of those who love Him”
Back to our Creator and His design. In order for us to step into the fullness of all that God has ordained for us we must align our thoughts toward ourselves with the truth of His thoughts for us.
Did you know that having dyslexia actually can point to some really amazing creative and problem solving gifts? I read an article once that revealed the disproportionate number of Fortune 500 CEO’s that have dyslexia, and how it actually makes them more successful because they can problem solve more efficiently. That’s a strength you get when you are forced to problem solve all the time around a learning disability.
Just google a list of famous people with the disability and the list is expansive, including Albert Einstein and Michael Jordan…
Most of you know me from leading worship at Living Stones Church, and I am so grateful of the gift of music in my life. The creativity God has given me allows me to use words and music to help people enter into the God’s presence. In fact, I find no greater pleasure than leading others to an authentic encounter with the living God. It is not in spite of my ‘disability’ that I have found my calling. It is directly because of it that I am able to do what I do and I am overwhelmed with thanksgiving and gratitude that God has given me such an amazing calling.
My encouragement for all of us is to align our thoughts with His thoughts. They are good and kind and too wonderful for words. They are life and love and hope and joy. He has made you unique, and some of us strange…maybe even weird. Let’s embrace the ‘all’ of who He has made us to be, including the learning disabilities, acne, and strange looking toes. I read an article about how top winning race horses have abnormally large nostrils. So maybe that large schnoz of yours is a blessing in disguise and you should enter the Kentucky derby…
1. Gladwell, Malcolm. David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants. New York, Little, Brown and Company, 2013. Print.