perception is everything“I cried because I had no shoes until I saw a man who had no feet”(Gulistan, 1258 aphosism, The Rose Garden)

Perception is everything.

Please meet Ayis Caperonis. Ayis was born in Lausanne, Switzerland with great dreams and a bright future. Yet at the age of thirteen, all dreams were dashed when a crippling brain tumor was detected.

Listen to how Ayis struggled. Hear him talk about his disappointments and weariness. It wasn’t until he began a relationship with Christ that his attitude and determination shifted. He then saw hope—he saw a possible future.

Ayris’s story—and countless stories like his—carries power. I could barely comprehend the road he traveled. Yet  he changed his world. He proved, again, that positive can come from a negative.

Each one of us has the ability to change the world around us. Ask Ayis. It wasn’t easy. It didn’t happen overnight. I can only imagine how many times he thought of quitting. Yet he continued. He focused on what God had planned for him.

Stories like this remind me that I always have a choice. For example, I can either watch the local, national, and world news—all the while wringing my hands, fretting over things I can not control—or I can choose to seek God’s hand in motion.

God is always, always bigger than our need. Maybe not as big as a “want”, but He has a plan designed specifically for each of us. You doubt that? Ask Ayis.

Ayis has also written a book, Stepping Over Myself: Finding My Way and My Life After a Brain Tumor (AuthorHouse, 2009). You may want to check it out.

Thank you, Ayis, for sharing your story.


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