Tuesday, September 3, 2019


Zelle Smoak Land is a Methodist layperson living in South Carolina. Following an injury she had to use crutches for a period of time. One day she encountered a little girl who asked her a question. Their discussion went as follows:

“A little girl looked at me with Dresden blue eyes and she asked in childish innocence, ‘Are you crippled?’ I replied, ‘No dear, I only need crutches to help me walk.’ For to me, being crippled is a state of mind, not a state of health. You are crippled if you have lost your enthusiasm for tomorrow and live only in yesterdays; if self-pity becomes a way of life instead of counting your blessings; if adversity makes you want to give up instead of picking up the pieces of your life and going on. You are crippled if you allow your troubles to blind you and make you unable to see the cross your brother carries. You are crippled if cynicism causes your faith to waver instead of remembering that His eye is on the sparrow. ‘Are you crippled?’ she asked. ‘No dear, I only need crutches to help me walk.’”