*Isaiah 61
*Jerermiah 29:11
*Psalm 139
*John 9
*Isaiah 60
*Matthew 10:19
*”With God all things are possible.”
*”Our hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness… on Christ the solid Rock I stand…”
*rise and shine in the circumstances where God has placed you
*hold on to the goals and dreams God has given you
*commitment then provision
*you influence people for good or bad
*John 3:16
*your mouth is powerful ~ you can either build or destroy someone
*hands & feet…
*God has called you to rise & shine
*trust Him.
*Psalm 37:4: “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.”
… Those are my notes from listening to Nick Vujicic speak on July 23 at BNYC… Nick is this 23-year-old Aussie guy who was born without arms and legs. It was incredible to get to see him and how much he can do. You can get a lot out of seeing him and thinking… “wow, he doesn’t even have arms and legs, what am I complaining about?” but that wasn’t the point of his message. He focused more on the way we go about our lives and influencing others for God.

One comment he made that I loved was something about how God has used a guy without arms and legs to be His hands and feet. God has helped Nick to live in the circumstances he has and use those circumstances for God’s glory. He mentioned that God has called us to rise and shine for Him. Shine like the moon and reflect Him, as Louie Giglio would put it. We just have to trust Him with our lives. Sometimes that is hard, but… it is so worth it.

Nick said he wanted every girl there to know that they are all beautiful. (for more on that… read Ted Dekker’s book, The Martyr’s Song…) They don’t need to change who they are to please somebody else, because God made us who we are and gave us our dreams… When we delight our hearts in Him, He is going to give us the desires of our hearts. That is not to say that God is going to give us everything we ever thought we wanted or grant us wishes like Aladdin’s genie, but He will change our hearts as we delight ourselves more and more in Him. He changes our hearts and consequently what our hearts really desire so that they reflect what He wants us to desire. The more we are delighted in Him, the more we are who He wants us to be. Use where He has placed you in your life for His glory, and use it to shine for Him.