Being blind improved my life
Introduction:

This was the second tract prepared in the early days of our family. both of our sons were under the age of six, and I was beginning my ninth year as Superintendent of the Springfield Wastewater Treatment Plant. Bible text for this revised web edition is taken from the Modern King James version. The tract was written by me, Michael D. Justice, and the original edition was printed in Springfield, Ohio in December 1983. The closing comments for this web edition were updated to reflect additional blessings from God over the ensuing years.

Most people consider the loss of eyesight to be very tragic. Psychologically, it has been expressed in terms of the death of a part of the body. Reactions and adjustments to blindness in an individual, follow much the same pattern as if that person had lost a very close loved one to death. Can such a loss actually result in a later gain? It has been said, "It is better to lose something you cannot keep, if you can gain something you cannot lose!"


MY STORY IN BRIEF

This is my own experience , shared with the hope that the reader might be able to relate my situation of physical loss to their own difficult situation, or to that of someone close to them. My blindness resulted from a hereditary condition called retinitis pigmentosa. My eyesight acuity and night vision have been less than normal since birth, but I was not certified as legally blind until I was approximately twenty-seven years of age. My eyesight was already too poor for me to drive a car when I reached eighteen, and I wore eyeglasses for myopia and astigmatism. I did not begin to use low vision aids until I was about twenty-five, but reading had always been very tedious and required good lighting.

After I became legally blind, I received training in alternative techniques at a rehabilitation center for the adventitiously blind, and I continued to make personal adjustments. During the residency rehabilitation program, I felt a sense of personal achievement in overcoming my disability with rapid success in all program elements. When I completed the rehabilitation training ahead of the regular schedule, I returned home, and to my supervisory position with the City of Springfield. Matters in my personal life became very uncertain in an environment less idealized than during rehab, and I began to lose confidence on the job. Depression mounted as I felt I was losing control of my life. This depression led to carelessness on my part, while working on a family reroofing project. I fell from my father's single story house, with the consequence of two broken wrists and a slight fracture to my back.


THE KEY POINT

By this time the reader should be asking how my life was improved. We have now reached the key point in the story. Alone in my own apartment, just a few hours before I fell from the roof, I had turned my life over to God with a prayer something like "if you are really there take control because I can't handle it anymore." I didn't fully understand what I had done, but my soul was crying out for help. Throughout my life, I could never quite believe that religious effort could earn the right to heaven; but I also couldn't accept any alternative to heaven, or to being religious to reach heaven. As I sat by myself in my apartment, I was feeling that I had nothing left in my life to offer to God. So, my only choice was complete surrender to Him. From that point of simple surrender to God, I gradually gained confidence in Christ. Even during the recovery from the broken wrists, I was being comforted internally in ways that had not been previously available to me. I continue to grow spiritually, and I fully trust in the finished work of Jesus on the cross to cover my sin. I have a tremendous freedom in knowing that the "good" things that I do are for his glory, and not to earn a place in heaven.


HOW DID MY LIFE IMPROVE?

The physical loss of my eyesight that I experienced brought me to Christ. I lost something that I could not keep beyond death, and I gained eternal life that I can never lose! The improvement in my life is not just a hope for eternity, although eternal life in itself is worth losing one's physical life completely! God knows that we have many needs even now, and his word says, "Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you." I am being perfected in Christ with his righteousness, and certainly I am not yet perfect (completed), nor will I be until I am in heaven with my Savior. But the Lord has added blessings to my life with a wife, two sons, a daughter, and has sustained our home. With the grace of God, I retired from my employment after thirty-nine years of continuous public service.


GIVE GOD THE GLORY!

The most important thing I can share with the reader, and the true subject of this tract, is the Lord Jesus Christ. What I have been describing is the difference that Christ has made in my life. Since I accepted Christ as my personal Savior, I can say with the apostle Paul, "I have been crucified with Christ, and I live; yet no longer I, but Christ lives in me. And that life I now live in the flesh, I live by faith toward the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself on my behalf." I know there are many others who have also had exposure to religion, but not to Christ. Jesus told his disciples, "Let not your heart be troubled. You believe in God, believe also in me." It is not enough to believe that there is some majestic force behind all of nature. You must accept Christ by having a personal relationship with him. As in the reply to Thomas, "Jesus said to him, I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father but by Me."

Ask him to take control of your life and you can experience, as do I, the verse, "So that if any one is in Christ, that one is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold all things have become new."

Treasures of the scriptures are revealed only through the working of the Holy Spirit. In his first letter to the Corinthians, Paul says, "But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned."

That was why I could not find the way to heaven until I received Christ and the Holy Spirit. After more than twenty years since the first printing of this tract, it is with great joy that I still say, "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek."

I was LOST, that is,
"Lacking Our Savior's Transformation,"
until I accepted the true GOSPEL
"God's Own Sacrificial Plan for Eternal Life"
by grace through faith.


Scripture references for the verses that appear in quotes and italic text are listed below. The references are in the order in which the verses appear, and all are from the Modern King James Version:

Matthew 6:33, Galatians 2:20, John 14:1, John 14:6, 2 Corinthians 5:17, 1 Corinthians 2:14, and Romans 1:16.

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First published on MPNHome.net 2 July 2004