We live in difficult times and we need to get alongside inspirational Christians to get a clearer perspective on life.
Maybe it’s a woman at your church like L.D. In 1990 she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), but you couldn’t tell by looking at her. She’s had her setbacks, but L.D. always bounces back.
Even when she slipped into a coma in 2007 after gall bladder surgery, she woke up and recognized all her loved ones and friends. She’s shown no signs of physical or mental damage. You see there are 21st Century miracles.
L.D. has worked 25+ years for Livonia public schools and has made no plans to retire soon, because she is one of those rare people who can find joy in everything she does. She’s so unassuming she blushes at a compliment and you feel special just being around her.
Or how about B.C.?
He worked as soon as he was old enough to get a permit and continued working after he graduated from high school. He is a great example of a guy who started at the lowest level, doing some of the dirtiest jobs and worked his way up.
B.C. is a demanding manager who expects his employees to perform effectively and efficiently, but he’s also a compassionate man. He is a “people person” who genuinely cares whether you are having a good day. And if you are a friend of B.C., you are a friend for life.
K.D. is one of the most focused men you’d ever meet. Since the age of 12, he’s been making trips to Haiti to help the poor by hanging rain catchers on houses to collect water, working in medical clinics and doing special projects with the children at a Christian home. The home is not an orphanage, but a place where these kids can be raised in a family environment to become the next generation of leaders in Haiti.
K.D. is a man on a mission. He is a resident physician, specializing in emergency services, at a southeastern Michigan hospital. He just proposed to his girlfriend, so they can take the next steps in life together.
You could mention L.H. who is a professor at a Christian college, the author of several books and one of the smartest men you know. He can look at a passage from The Bible, explain the root words and their meaning, and slip in an explanation of how the passage applies to your life.
Yet L.H. is willing to seek your advice, because he recognizes your talents and abilities. It seems that a wise man leans not only on his understanding, but also turns to God and other Christians for answers.
Then there’s P.C. It’s been awhile since the two of you have talked face-to-face, but she was there when you were looking for answers about Christ. She pointed you to a campus ministry program where you could get the explanations you needed.
P.C. knew the most important relationship is the one you build with Jesus Christ. She’s married, has a daughter and continues to find time to take care of horses, especially those who are unloved or abandoned. Even long-distance Christians can be your friends via the magic of Facebook, Twitter or email.
A woman who encourages others. A self-made caring man. A determined missionary. A wise man who seeks to teach others. The person who convinced you to pursue Jesus and the truth.
You see if you look hard enough, there are people in your life who inspire you and are willing to help you. Get alongside them and learn from them how to face life’s challenges.
Who are the inspirational Christians in your life?
One of the best forms of encouragement is to share the stories of others who inspire us. You can either post them as a “Comment” to this story or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.