This guy is amazing. Such an inspiring speaker. I guess one of the reasons is that you can see visually how he has lived the things he is talking about. Many of the challenges he must have faced are obvious from simply looking at him.
“At age 8 I thought I should just commit suicide. Why? Because I didn’t have hope…at age 10 I tried to drown myself…”.
“think of the three biggest discouragers in your life, [the people who bring you down]…. They are not your biggest discourager. You are.”
“What’s the word for believing in someone you do not see? Faith”
“When hugs can’t do anything, that’s where faith kicks in. For me words and hugs were not enough. But I had more faith”.
“Every single human being has value, and my value is not determined by how I look, or what job I have, or where I am from, or where I was born or how much money I have”.
Talking about his wife
“I don’t need to hold her hand, O only want to hold her heart”
“Sex outside of marriage is a 5 dollar Gucci watch, sex within marriage, with someone who loves you and is committed to you for the rest of your life…that’s what love is…you can sleep with any many people as you like and never know for sure if they love you. Love is a life long commitment.”
“If you want to get drunk then that’s great if that’s all you want. But me I am a greedy man. I don’t want to just live for 89 years. I want to live for billions of years. I know that every day I make choices that effect ct my life, other people’s lives and my eternal life.”
“William Barkley says the greatest two days in your life are the day you are born and they day you knew why”.
“Whatever you do it’s not enough until you find the truth. I am wonderfully and fearfully made. There is a greater purpose to my life”.
He is wonderfully teasing people with the truth. Pointing to Jesus without saying his name. I guess there are limits on what is appropriate to say in this context.
“I didn’t get my miracle. I believe in a God who can do miracles and I have a pair of shoes in my closet. Why ? I have seen blind people seeing and deaf people hearing. That’s fine if you don’t believe me. I’ve got it on camera. But I realise something. If God does not change my circumstance, he’s going to use my life to be a miracle for someone else. When you don’t get a miracle you can still be the miracle for someone else.”
“We are all looking for hope. What are you looking for money, drugs, sex alcohol, pornography, fame, fortune [but it] never satisfies. It is never enough. But I have come to a peace,…”
“If you haven’t found that peace of knowing who your are and why you are here and where you are going when you are not here. For me that’s how I have overcome.”
“Find your peace and you will make your walls doors”
And of course Jesus is the one who supremely gives us peace with God, with ourselves and with one another in such a way that it cannot be taken away.