In 2 Corinthians 5:20 the apostle Paul said we are "Christ's ambassadors" and in Philippians 3:17 he urged others to follow his example of pursuing Christlikeness.
St. Francis said, "It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching."
D.L. Moody said, "Out of 100 men, one will read the bible, the other 99 will read the Christian."
John MacArthur said, "You are the only bible some unbelievers will ever read."
The point is that people have the ability to inspire and encourage others just by the way they live their life. There are many examples of people who speak life to me without ever meeting me in person. The ones who influence me most are the overcomers who never let their circumstances dictate their attitude, those who choose faith over fear.
Invest some time learning about the individuals below and you're likely going to find someone who speaks life to you...
Nick Vujicic is a New York Times best-selling author whose books have been translated in over 30 languages and sold over a million copies. Nick is the founder of an international non-profit, a college graduate, actor, surfer, skydiver, painter, father (four kids with his wife, Kanae), international motivational speaker, musician, and evangelist. He has been to 79 countries and inspired millions of people and done it all without having ever complained about being born with no arms or legs.
At age 15, Tyler Trent was diagnosed with bone cancer after his arm broke while throwing a frisbee. At age 20 he was at home on hospice care. In the short time between the diagnosis and his death Tyler Trent inspired millions of people with his tenacity and faith. When asked about his faith he said, “It’s my everything. It’s the cornerstone, Every morning, I make sure to get in the Word. My faith is what keeps me going honestly. I don’t think I would be able to smile or have the happy face that people have seen on TV without my faith. Whether I wake up tomorrow or not, I know where I’m going to end up and having that comfort and that peace is huge. I really don’t know how anyone is able to fight a terminal illness without faith, honestly.”
David Francisco suffered a severe spinal cord injury when struck by a car while riding his bicycle. The impact of the collision tore his spinal cord and doctors told him he would never walk again. David was in the hospital when the driver who hit him had a court appearance to face charges but he sent his dad to the hearing to ask the judge to drop the charges. He said he wanted to bring light into the world and so "it just made sense to forgive." David said "seeing others thrive in spite of what happens to them gave me hope that I could move on as well." After making a full recovery he created a video series called Lionheart: 30 stories in 30 days where he interviews 30 other inspiring overcomers and celebrates their stories.
Bethany Hamilton began surfing competitively at the age of 8 and immediately began winning competitions and picking up sponsors. In 2003 while surfing Kauai, Hawaii she had her left arm bit off by a 14' tiger shark. She was 13 at the time of the attack. Against all odds she returned to surfing one month later and has never slowed down. Bethany won the 2005 US National Under 18 Surf Championship, placed second in the World Junior Championship Under 20 and was ranked 14th in the world by the Association of Surfing Professionals in 2009. Since the shark attack she had success as a professional surfer, written a New York Times Bestselling autobiography, and serves on the board of Friends of Bethany, a 501(c)3 non-profit whose mission is to "encourage a broken world and offer hope to overcome through Jesus Christ".
Christopher Duffley is a 17-year-old musician who has been performing since the first grade. Christopher has recorded three CDs, had a YouTube video get 22.5 Million views in one month, and does all the engineering and interviews for his free podcast, Mission Possible. Christopher was born premature, blind, and in critical condition due to a host of medical issues. He weighed 1lb. 12oz. when he was born and doctors gave him little to no chance of survival. He not only beat the odds and survived but is thriving and inspiring people around the world. He says, "Because I am blind I see people with my heart for what they truly are instead of what they look like on the outside...I have blindness and autism but it doesn't stop me...I see no color, tattoos, or crazy hairdos. It bothers me that people prejudge each other. How different would it be if everyone chose to see with their hearts."