“I have one life and one chance to make it count for something . . . I’m free to choose what that something is, and the something I’ve chosen is my faith. Now, my faith goes beyond theology and religion and requires considerable work and effort. My faith demands — this is not optional — my faith demands that I do whatever I can, wherever I am, whenever I can, for as long as I can with whatever I have to try to make a difference.” ~Jimmy Carter
Recently I heard a man speaking to a group of high school teens on the campus of ACU and it got me thinking. The only words I heard this man (who happens to be the director of a leadership camp held at ACU) were these: “True Worship changes us. It takes the focus off ourselves and allows God to redirect our focus onto those around us who need it more than we do.” Hearing these words I can’t help but to think back when I realized what my purpose and calling in life was going to be. It was not until I took focus off myself and my disability and got out of my “woe is me” mentality and started focusing on those around me that I could see how I could use the things God has given me to further His Kingdom. God has known all along what I could do, but me in my inadequacies didn’t want to believe it initially. For the first 19 years of my life I felt like my life was moving slowly to an unknown destination. But now my life seems to be racing to what, hopefully, will be an eternity in Heaven. Without purpose my life seemed to drag on while I just went through the day-to-day motions of life, but now I compare life to a game of chess with each move building on the last in an effort to reach a final result. The power of God is evident now in my life more than ever and I am truly excited to see what He will do with me.