I'm A Burden
Beautiful Orthodoxy challenges the way we view love and community, confronting our assumptions and inviting us into a deeper understanding that's shaped by the good, true, and beautiful gospel. As we grow older, or a family member ages or sustains a life-altering disability, we're often quick to say, "I don't want to be a burden." And with 47 years of quadriplegia, I'm the first to confess that thought has crossed my mind. But when it comes to families—especially Christian families—it's our calling to depend upon one another. In a society that boasts individualism, Beautiful Orthodoxy champions a different idea—that the Christian family can showcase sacrificial service to the world. Indeed, our theological convictions are that we're not 'independent,' but 'interdependent.' That's the beauty of Galatians 6:2, which tells us we fulfill the law of Christ when we "carry each others' burdens." That's what Christian love is all about. This is Beautiful Orthodoxy in action.
Joni Eareckson Tada an international advocate for people with disabilities and is the Founder and CEO of Joni and Friends International Disability Center.