Deborah Ford is a pretty amazing woman. During her 44 years of working for the United States Postal System she never took a day off. Not a single one. She said that if she ever felt sick she would “just shake it off,” and go back to work. (ABC News)
On those days that she did have to go to the doctor, she would use a vacation day. Imagine always using a vacation day instead of a sick day. Talk about a winning mindset. I am not sure if Ms. Ford is a believer or not, but she sure can teach us what it takes to overcome adversity. And adversity in the life of the one who follows Christ is never far away.
Paul reminds us that our motivation is always the love of Christ, and though many adversities will come we can be assured of this love. He writes in Romans 8:37-39:
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
That should keep us moving and motivated to help us “shake off” what ever afflicts us.
The result of living with this over comer’s attitude? Well, for Ms. Ford, the 4,508 sick hours she cashed in raised her pension by 5%. But, for the believer who is more than a conqueror the benefits are out of this world.
“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”
Kim, Susanna. “Postal Worker Retires After 44 Years Without Sick Day.” ABC News. ABC News Network, 29 Jan. 2013. Web. 21 July 2013.
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