Smiles with a Message

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • May 24, 2018
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Most people don’t expect me to smile. But in simply smiling, I have an open door to tell others about the reason I have for living life from this wheelchair. My friend Nick Vujicic is the same way. Nick is a wonderful evangelist and has visited dozens of countries — even countries typically hostile to Christianity ― to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. What makes this ministry possible? Nick was born without arms or legs and people can’t help but wonder where his smile comes from.

True, Nick and I have significant limitations, but we do not allow those challenges to dictate limits on who we are, what we can be in Christ, and what we do in the name of Jesus. And by doing so, we help shatter people's perceptions about disability: we travel vigorously, keep a demanding schedule, enjoy our hobbies, and love our roles in our families. We both like to focus on what we can do, not what we can't.

Focus on the Family’s Citizen Magazine recently published a piece on Nick Vujicic and in it, I speak more of the friendship we’ve enjoyed as we both use our God-given platform of brokenness to reach others for Christ. Read more about it in the article “Voice to the World,” and be encouraged to share the love of Jesus with others, no matter what your day-to-day challenges may be.

 
 

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Hi Joni! I like how you stated the following: "True, Nick and I have significant limitations, but we do not allow those challenges to dictate limits on who we are, what we can be in Christ, and what we do in the name of Jesus." This can made true for anyone on earth: we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us! Thanks for being an inspiration!
  • June 25, 2018
  • 6:38 a.m.
  • Samantha
Thank you for this reminder to smile, to have genuine joy in Christ. I was recently diagnosed with MS and this is what I needed to read- to take my eyes off myself and dwell on Christ and share his love with others, despite the daily struggles that we all have. Thank you!
  • June 1, 2018
  • 5:43 a.m.
  • Laurie