I met some people at an adult rehabilitation center in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, who were either physically or mentally handicapped. Even though they suffered severe limitations, they still rejoiced. One person told me, “I have been given the gift of suffering, and I can help people that are suffering.”

A crown adorns the temples of every human being on the earth. Some wear the crown of happiness; some wear the crown of sorrow and suffering. Some wear a crown of wealth; others a crown of poverty. I believe the way we wear the crown we are given will determine our reward in Heaven.

What are you doing with what God has given you here? You may be a paraplegic who is unable to walk. Perhaps God didn’t give you athletic prowess or superior leadership abilities. You may have a close friend who struggles with a physical or mental handicap due to an accident. Do you complain, “I wish it wasn’t like this,” or demand, “God, why did You do this to me?” Or have you determined to be faithful with what God has given you?

Honor and exaltation, power and dominion, victory and possession await only the faithful servants of Christ. Great will be your reward in Heaven. Yours will be the privilege of exchanging your temporal crown for an eternal one to cast at the feet of Jesus.

Believer, Christ Jesus presents you with your crosses, and they are no trivial gifts. — C.H. Spurgeon

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.