What’s Your Problem? for Thursday, March 18, 2021

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What’s Your Problem?

“But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe
in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And
how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?”1

Many of you may have heard, or heard of, David Ring. He is a
nationally known evangelist, author, and motivational speaker. Over the years
he has shared his story of triumph over disability and discouragement with thousands
of people around the world. He was the youngest of eight children and was born
with cerebral palsy. His father was a preacher who died of cancer when David
was 11 years old. His mother also died of cancer four years later. David shares
how this affected him and all he suffered on his own without his parents there.
The criticism he received because of his disability was more than he could
handle at times. He would lay in bed at night, crying, and hoping to die. After
so many years in the church, he questioned God’s love for him because, if God
loved him, then why would he take his parents? Why would so many bad things be
happening to him? But one day God spoke to him and David accepted His love and
the joy only God can give. From that day on, David went on to do amazing things
that the doctors and many others thought was impossible. David always finished
his life story singing “Victory in Jesus” because that is what summed up his
life best.

I must have been around 11 years old the first time I heard
David Ring preaching, but his story had such a big impact on my life, I have
never forgotten the phrase he used. After sharing his story, his challenge was,
“I have cerebral palsy. What’s your problem?” He encourages us and motivates us
to share God’s love with others. He challenges us to stop making excuses and allow
God to use us. Since Bible times, people have been making excuses as to why we
can’t do what God is asking us to do but imagine all that could happen if we
trusted that we could do it! Stepping out in faith and obedience to God takes
courage, but with God all things are possible.  

Yesterday, I encouraged you to write down your story and ask
God to give you opportunities to share it. Today I want to encourage you to be willing
to be used by God. God doesn’t seek perfection or your focus on your abilities,
he seeks a heart that is willing and available to be used. Have the courage to
be the person that God created you to be… flaws and all. Trust that His grace
is sufficient for you. Choose to be part of God’s work here on earth. You are
an important piece in the larger puzzle of God’s plan, and many are waiting to
hear your story. You could be the story that leads others to believe in Christ today.

Suggested prayer: “Dear God, today I choose to set all
excuses aside and have the courage to obey you in faith. You can use anyone you
want to; all you need is a willing heart. I place my fears, insecurities, and
weaknesses at your feet, believing that your strength is perfect and trusting
that I can do all things through You. Thank you for hearing and answering my
prayer. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

  1. Romans 10:14 (NLT).

 

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