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The Box Boy

I once heard the true story of a young boy who was unable to walk. His parents were too poor to buy him a wheelchair, so they dragged him from room to room a large cardboard box.

Once they placed his box on the floor in front of a large mirror. Looking at his reflection from the waist up, he thought “I look normal. So why can’t I walk? Normal people walk all the time; I should be able to walk too.”

Gripping the edge of his box, he pulled himself up onto his knees…and fell, tipping his box over onto its side. Him mother heard the crash and came running. “Son, get back in your box,” she scolded.

But the boy wouldn’t stay in the box. He tried over and over, day after day…and amazingly, eventually walked.


There are a number of lessons in this story, but the one that stands out to me has to do with self image. This boy saw himself as normal, rather than crippled. And it was this inner perception that eventually propelled him to total wholeness. Despite evidences to the contrary, and even opposition from well-meaning relatives, he fought his way from incapacity to health.


Do you have a dream? Do you truly believe in your heart you can fulfill it, despite what others might say? Then get out of your box. You can live your dream; you can walk in it. As Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and don’t doubt, you can do things like this and much more. You can even say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. Matt.21:21 NLT


Your friend and partner in world harvest,


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Posted by on September 13, 2011 in Uncategorized

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