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This song has become an anthem for Joni Eareckson Tada (pictured right) who, for the past 40 years, has been confined to a wheelchair. She became a quadriplegic after breaking her neck in a diving accident. In recent times, she’s battled breast cancer. This amazing evangelical singer, painter, lecturer, author, wife (Ken is her husband) and War Cry columnist has inspired millions of people with her story. Today, Joni is even more transparent in displaying her Christian faith.

Somewhere down the road you’ll find answers to your questions. Somewhere down the road you’ll find mighty arms reaching for you. And they will hold the answers at the end of the road. —Amy Grant
When asked how she has survived these most recent years, Eareckson Tada says, “I’ve decided to not let cancer overwhelm me—I decided to overwhelm cancer—with an attitude that I would trust God in the midst of this and not doubt Him.” After so many years of suffering, she’s learned an important lesson. “Put it behind you. It’s in the past. Start where you are. This is the new baseline. And get on with living.”

Getting on with living can be a daunting challenge. Life’s road frequently twists and curves.* And often, the markers, lights, and signs that would help us navigate are missing. Like Eareckson Tada, you may have been blindsided by overwhelming health issues, or a lost job may already be in your rearview mirror—gone from the United States to nations such as India or China. A member of your family may be in the path of the widespread legalization of same–sex marriages or the use of “medicinal” and “recreational” marijuana, which is just around the bend. Or a financial crisis may be looming, as in last December when hackers revealed how easily they could steal my credit card number—and 100 million others—from Target™. We are in the midst of major paradigm shifts that have the potential to create in many of us intense anxiety about the future.

However, Eareckson Tada says that she stays inspired by corralling her thoughts so that fear, anger, and depression don’t take hold. “I just make my emotions obey me. I’m not going to be led by them. I will not allow them to rule my life. I think that is the secret to contentment; learn how to live in the present and to move forward into the future—with a good attitude.”

As I write this, I’m looking at a little reminder posted on my computer monitor that reads “STAY INSPIRED.” Remember Paul’s words; “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6).

*This year, Eareckson Tada’s rendition of “Alone Yet Not Alone” received an Oscar nomination
for “Best Original Song,” but it was disqualified on a technicality beyond her control. Bruce Broughton wrote the song. He is the grandson of Brigadier William F. Broughton who served as the Bandmaster of the New York Staff Band from 1932–35.

by Warren L. Maye

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