Unfair Advantage, jeff noel

Unfair advantage goes to jeff noel and his nine-year old son.

What the? Huh?

Yes, unfair. Completely unfair.

Or maybe, just maybe, it’s an absolute and utter competitive advantage.

Depends on how you view the cup.

Frequently (way too frequently) our son has migratory joint pain. It lasts from a few hours to a few days. It infests his ankle, pinky finger, wrist, knee, elbow, palm, foot, shoulder, and sometimes his hip.

And, it picks one single location, not all simultaneously. Just one.

Whenever it impacts from the waist down, it will limit his mobility. Doesn’t stop him, just limits him.

Ever seen a three-legged dog?

Sometimes he’s a one-legged boy. Everyone at his school gets it. It’s Chapin. He’s special.

Outside of familiar surroundings, people think there’s something wrong – “Why don’t his parents take him to a doctor and get him checked, and fixed”?

Dude, you have no earthly idea how many doctors, treatments, tests, x-rays, needles, medicines he’s seen.

But my wife and I have.

And even so, we feel blessed beyond measure.

And, ironically, as I type this, Jeremy Camp’s “There Will Be A Day” is playing….. There will be a day, with no more tears, no more pain, no more fears. There will be a day, when the burdens of this place will be no more and we’ll see Jesus face to face…:

To be continued…..Meanwhile, carpe diem, jeff noel 🙂

By jeff noel

Internet's only five-a-day blogger, leaving a trail for our son. This is about putting the spirit of Love at the center of your life. It may be God, Allah, Mohammed, Buddha, Yahweh, etc. For me, it's Jesus.

4 replies on “Unfair Advantage, jeff noel”

Dear Jeff,

I am reminded of how God can use what we see as a disadvantage as an advantage for Him. A person’s name comes to mind when I think about this – David Ring. If you have never heard David Ring speak, he not only ministers to churches globally, but speaks to corporations and even colleges and schools (I remember seeing him the first time when he came to my high school years ago) about not quitting. Yeah, so what is so great about David’s message? David was born with Cerebral Palsy and basically thrown away by his family when he was orphaned. But God used him and still is. His message is how he became a “Champion in the Game of Life.” The bottom line is this: he says that what man has seen in him as a weakness, God has used as a strength!

I am telling you this as encouragement for you and Chapin! Let the cup be half-full!


Amen brother Bob. Thank you. Your support has been a blessing. And may you be blessed and enriched and pass that on to others in your part of our world. Carpe diem, jeff 🙂


When I was young after my accident you would think that the pain would end there. But it didn’t. It continued on for many years to come. Today when the occasional phantom pain returns it seems so insignificant compared to what I already triumphed over. You well know that pain of any kind both emotionally and physically is part of the cycle of life. I am sorry that Chapin has to figure that out at such a young age but rest assured that he’ll triumph and come out the other end that much stronger. When I think about the title of your blog “unfair advantage” I can only interpret it the way I see it and that is the moments of pain are unfair but in the long run we become stronger and advantaged as a result. Remember my favorite quote from niche “that which does not destroy us makes us stronger”.
God Bless


Bryan, you inspire me. Period. End of story. When you are strong, you make others stronger. To whom much has been given, much will be required. I think God was referring to you on that one. carpe diem and Peace, jeff 🙂

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