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from the New King James Version of the
Bible \u00a9 1982 Thomas Nelson, Inc.
When other versions are quoted, some
typographical changes have been made
for the sake of clarity and uniformity.
\u201cContentment isn\u2019t getting what you want, but wanting what
you\u2019ve got,\u201d says David Ring, a motivational speaker who talks to
more than 200 audiences and 100,000 people each year. What
makes the quote and his busy schedule truly remarkable is the fact
that David Ring has had cerebral palsy since birth. He can hardly
walk. He can hardly talk. Yet he speaks with such positiveness,
humor (\u201cGod never says \u2018Oops!\u2019\u201d), and spiritual depth that audi-
ences \ufb02ock to hear him and go away changed.
A friend recently gave me a recording of one of David Ring\u2019s
talks and, like hundreds of thousands of others, I was convicted by
his challenge: \u201cI\u2019ve got cerebral palsy. What\u2019syour problem?\u201d His
message is simple and clear. Refuse to give in to despair or self-
pity. Don\u2019t gripe or become bitter over bad things that happen, but
embrace life, trust that God knows what He\u2019s doing, and let Him
get on with it.
\u201cIf you don\u2019t like the way I am,\u201d Ring tells his audiences,
\u201chang in there. I\u2019m still in the oven. God\u2019s still working on me, and
when God gets \ufb01 nished cooking me, He\u2019s going to pull me out of
the oven and say, \u2018Well done, good and faithful servant!\u2019\u201d\u2014a pun
on Matthew 25:21.
Another spiritual principle that is borne out in Ring\u2019s life is that if we can be genuinely thankful for even the seemingly bad things, He will bless us with more good things. Ring is not only successful and in high demand as a motivational speaker (his 200 audiences per year are chosen from over 700 invitations), but he is happily married and the father of four beautiful, perfectly healthy children.
says, \u201cDon\u2019t whine, but shine!\u201d
For theActivated Family
spirit, and shape your charac-
ter in ways that would other-
wise not be possible.
will perfect that which con-
cerns you (Psalm 138:8). So
don\u2019t be angry or bitter at the
Lord for these testings, which
are only for a time. You will
rejoice and be grateful when
you look back and see how
this was necessary for Him to
accomplish His good purpose.
had a simple but sure method
to determine when the re\ufb01 n-
ing process had purged away
all the base metals and other
extraneous matter from the
gold ore. When a goldsmith
could see his face re\ufb02 ected in
the molten metal in his cupel,
he knew that the re\ufb01 ning \ufb01 re
had worked its purifying pur-
pose; only pure gold remained.
Job said, \u201cWhen God has
tested me, I shall come forth as
gold\u201d ( Job 23:10).
King Solomon wrote, \u201cThe
re\ufb01 ning pot is for silver and the
furnace for gold, but the Lord
tests the hearts\u201d (Proverbs 17:3).
When God sees the image of
His Son re\ufb02 ected in our lives,
He knows that His purifying
\ufb01 res have achieved their pur-
No matter what happens to
those called \u201cHis own,\u201d
Events that are awful or grand,
Every trial of your life He sends
from His Throne;
Things just don\u2019t happen;
to a Christian without some
good reason. \u201cAll things work
together for good to those
who love God\u201d (Romans 8:28).
Don\u2019t worry about the times of
testing and weakness, think-
ing that you must have done
something terribly wrong.
What you feel is the Lord\u2019s
tender hand upon you, making
you into the person He knows
you can be. He\u2019s not punishing
you, He\u2019s testing and re\ufb01 ning
you and making you even more
beautiful in spirit. He\u2019s making
your inner beauty shine for all
As hard as it is, these break-
ings and remakings are inevi-
table. He must make you weak.
He must make you humble.
He must make you desperate
for Him and His help. But in
this time of weakness, as you
acknowledge your dependence
on Him, He will come to your
rescue, give you strength of
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