The ability to see yourself through the lenses of God’s word and accept your true reflection, both strengths and weaknesses constitute a healthy self-concept. What others or even you think of yourself is not vital unless it reflects what is in the mirror of God’s word. Unfortunately, certain situations make it difficult for us to see the image of God in us; His beauty and the value he places on us. One of such is disability.
Mephibosheth described himself as a dead dog when King David decided to show him favour for his father Jonathan’s sake. Why would he look down on himself that much? He had suffered disability in his limbs at a very young age and perhaps the treatment that was meted out to him made him despise himself and think so lowly of himself. It is risky to build a self-image based on cultural and societal standards because it usually results in an inflated or a deflated self-image. Our reading suggests that Mephibosheth was a victim of a low self-esteem.
We all have a responsibility to help build a positive self-image in people with disabilities. We should offer assistance where necessary but also give them the opportunity to challenge themselves by engaging in things that is within their capacity. Our words and actions should all be aimed at building them up.