I have been a musician since the late seventies, learning to strum out a few tunes on the acoustic guitar. I can also play a handful of other instruments including piano. A few years ago I began struggling to advance my skills as a pianist until I heard a young Asian pianist playing a beautiful rendition of the classic hymn, “Amazing Grace.” The skill with which she performed was incredible; she played each note in perfect melodic sequence and clarity. Most remarkably was the fact that the young piano protegee had no fingers on her right hand. I have so enjoyed practicing the piano of late, having been freshly re-inspired to do my best.
Five or six years ago I read about a young man that is making huge impact on a new generation of youth. Peoples excuses for not succeeding seem weak and inadequate after listening to the story of Nick Vujicic. Nick was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1982. To the surprise of both his parents and the doctor, Nick entered the world without arms or legs. Having become inspired by his ministry, “Life Without Limbs,” I have become greatly influenced by this incredible young man. Frankly, I don’t remember seeing so much zest for life contained in one body! In addition to his work for Christ, Nick is a family man with a wife and children. He is hilarious, athletic and even enjoys swimming. Mr. Vujicic inspires people all over the world with his optimistic message. According to him, limitations only exist in one’s mind.
Last year the true story Hacksaw Ridge became yet another Mel Gibson success at the box office. The movie tells the story of courageous Desmond T. Doss determined to stay true to his convictions. He was the only solder who faced the horrors of World War II without carrying a weapon. He is credited for saving the lives of 75 men on Okinawa. Doss was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor as a result of his bravery. It is always awe inspiring to remember the courage of men and women that have served our nation in uniform.
There are many stories in scripture that tell of champions who defied the odds and laid claim to victory. 1 Samuel chapter 17 contains the story of a future King who faced off with a fierce warrior named Goliath. The young shepherd boy appeared to be no match for the giant Philistine. However, Goliath never seen it coming… he was still shouting obscenities when the stone from David’s slingshot struck him directly between his eyes. You’ve probably heard the old adage, “it’s not the dog in the fight, it’s the fight in the dog!” David wasn’t the obvious victor of that battle, but the warrior on the inside of him was undefeatable! Cause and courage is what makes some run into battle while others run away, their stories leave us inspired to do our best!
Right here in our own community, there are people who are struggling with real life issues. Our young people are desperate for somebody to be a role model, someone they can look up to. Who knows, you might even become someone’s hero! Who will you inspire today?
The writer is the senior pastor of Solid Rock Pentecostal Church of God, 2745 State Route 29 N., Sidney.