One of my most favorite things about the start of a new year is the fact that my wallet is usually a little extra heavy thanks to all the gift cards we accumulated over the holiday season. Nothing makes me feel more loved that opening a tiny little envelope holding a beautiful Starbucks gift card -- well, not really, but I think you get the point.
A few times this past week I decided to endure the long line at the Starbucks drive through on my way into work. Every time I sat in line, a few cars in front of me I'd see this man I know from a local non-profit organization. This guy is amazing. He is a former Marine living with a degenerative muscle disease who now has made it his life mission to reach others living with physical limitations and show them that being physically active is still possible even when you live life in a wheelchair.
This guy is extreme. From a few cars back I could see his wheelchair and mountain hand cycle in the back of his pickup. Honestly he scares me a bit -- not sure I could ever take one of his classes at the local gym he runs. One look at this guy and his demeanor screams purpose and focus. I'm not sure of his faith and where he is at in life but God used this guy to speak volumes to me this past week as I sat in my van waiting for my latte.
I want people to look at me and see nothing but God.
Each and everything I do I want to push people closer to understanding who God is and the amazing restoration He can provide in our lives. I want people to look at me from afar and see a woman who is filled with passion. No matter where I am or what I am doing I want God to use me. I want my inner most being to fade away and be replaced by nothing more than his presence.
Lately Adam and I have had the awesome opportunity to share our story worldwide. We have been able to speak to everyone from local media to national media, both outside the church and inside. So often people get caught up on us -- what we are doing, the choices we have made. Yes, of course I'm so proud of the decisions we have made for our lives. But in the end I want our lives and our story to scream of His glory.
It's possible. I just know it is.
I want people to look at me and see nothing but Him.
**Totally random and off topic photos of Angela, but isn't she so beautiful?