The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

November 22, 2013

Faithfully: Tyler Zander bravely sharing his inspirational message, positive outlook

ENID, Okla. — Christians are taught to walk with faith, not sight.

Tyler Zander attributes faith for helping overcome horrific obstacles.

Zander was critically injured in a 2011 auger accident.

A lengthy legal battle ensued until an agreement was reached to settle a multi-million dollar lawsuit.

Speaking at the Denny Price Family YMCA Father-Son Bedlam Bash, Zander talked about his recovery from the incident in Kremlin that stole his leg.

Despite his medical prognosis, the sophomore at Oklahoma State University now walks, unaided, on a prosthetic leg.

In place of his shin, his prosthesis displays the image of a cross. The vertical post is designed as a grain auger.

“That sums up things pretty perfectly,” Zander said. “It just kind of told the story that God has brought me through all of this, and that when it came down to it, knowing where I was going to go if I would die, that was huge.”

Zander’s message is inspirational. Instead of feeling sorry for himself, he’s willing to share his positive outlook.

Joshua 1:9 reminds Tyler to be strong and brave. This Bible verse, which is displayed on part of his prosthesis, used to be written on his hospital room wall.

“It means that no matter where I’m at or what the circumstances are — not only for me, but anyone else, whether I’m laying in a hospital bed for 72 days or stuck in a grain auger thinking I’ve already lived the best days of my life — in all those times, God was with me,” Zander said. “He still had a plan.”

Thank you for sharing your personal message, Tyler.

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