I discovered chess when I was in high school. It was in math class where I saw fellow classmates playing chess during break time. I knew of chess, the game, but did not play. But, because those playing chess were the whiz-kids, I got to thinking if I could play the game I would know if I could even beat them in the game. Chess did not require having good hearing.
I bought a book about how to play chess and read it from cover to cover. I applied myself to study the game and understand the rules. When it began to make sense to me I went back to that math class and when an opportunity presented itself, I asked if I could play. After defeating them all, I felt, for the first time, that I had some worth or capability. This is because school was always a struggle for me, being hearing-impaired, and I did not have good grades. No one would have thought I could beat those math-whiz kids in chess. Continue reading
God leads us every day, every step of the way. He helps us every day. Sometimes we are not sure about things, but He always leads us in His way.
At one time I worked for awhile with a group of people who made fun of Christians and people who went to church. It was hard for me to deal with that. I would do my work and keep on, but it was a struggle. I felt so alone. There were other departments besides the department that I worked with. So I would see other people and would say Hi to them when I was on Break, or walking to Lunch or the restroom.
One day, one guy, Ron, out of the blue, asked me if I go to church! I admit my first thought was what?!? But I realized that I had to say, yes I do. And surprisingly I asked him, Do you?
It turned out that he did go to church and was a fellow believer. That was a start of a good friendship. It was also good to know that someone else who worked there also believed.
Psalm 23:3 “He restores my strength. He leads me down the right paths for the sake of his reputation.” (NET)