I have said for some time now that I want God to use my disability to help me know the Savior and help make Him known. I believe that this occurs sometimes in big ways like publishing a book or speaking to a large congregation somewhere. However, the vast majority of the time, the world sees Christ most manifested in my life, and yours, in the little mudane things. Here's an e-mail I recently received:
"Hey Mr. Fisher,
My name is Anna Donze and I was in your week long Macroeconomics class at the beginning of the summer. I am so sorry it has taken me so long to send this email but the summer has just been busy. First of all, I just want to say that I absolutely enjoyed your class. Coming into the class I kind of had the attitude of, "It is summer and I have to take Econ? Ughhh!" When I got there, my attitude changed.
I loved the way you kept the class interesting and made it relatable to everyday life. You had many great stories to tell to keep it fun and make it easy to understand. What I was so inspired by is that I knew you were a Christian right off the bat, which made me so happy. I feel that most economic and history teachers do not share a lot about their personal opinions related to politics or religion. You didn't even come out and say that you were a Christian until the last day. I just knew because of the way you explained things and how you went about teaching your class.
Not only did you teach me Economics,you showed me a true example of how to use my faith in a career that is not a direct ministry field. I am inspired to use my career as an accountant in the future as its own ministry. I have always known that we are called to do that but you have shown me the example. Thank you. Also, I enjoyed reading your book. I loved reading about how Christ has taught you so many things through your experiences. I have told many people about you.
I wish you the best of luck with the rest of your classes and will be praying for you. Thank you for an awesome class.
I once had a pastor friend ask me to speak on a specific topic during a worship service. He said, "Justin, the people in the congregation sometimes see me as the "Paid Celebrity Spokesperson" making an endorsement. But, you, you're a satisfied customer." May God help us all to be "salt and light" in the world. And may He also help us remember that the world inherently knows the sentiments expressed in Matthew 7:16-20;
"By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them."