Our newest InFaith Pictures film looks at life with autism through interviews with parents and caregivers of those affected by the disorder. One in sixty-eight American children is on the autism spectrum, and raising a child on the spectrum is not easy. It takes a lot of patience, kindness, and willingness to let go of the desire to control every nuance of life – qualities and character traits that few (if any) parents possess within themselves apart from Jesus. To image Jesus to a child with autism means relying on the Holy Spirit every day for strength, grace, and love.
This week I’ve been spending some time with the leaders in the school where I’m speaking and at our church, and if there is a common thread among any problems with the church, the school, and our mission, it’s the problem of people not feeling valued. It’s really easy to make your co-workers feel like they are just task people who are there only to get things done. It’s true that they are there to get things done, but they’re people, too.Continue