Traveling church and conference speaker Daniel Ritchie spoke at Erskine’s Baptist Collegiate Ministry meeting about finding hope and contentment in the gospel.
Ritchie was born without arms or a heartbeat. His parents did everything possible to save his life, and as he grew older, they never allowed him to believe he could not accomplish the same things a person with arms could. By the age of 15 he could use his feet the same way others use their hands. At the same time, he started to feel an emptiness in his heart. Thanks to a youth pastor he met at a lock-in, he was reminded of the grace of God and began placing his hope in the Lord again.
Quoting Philippians 4:13—“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”—Ritchie explained that this verse is more than just inspiration for Christian athletes. It is a reassurance that God is with us in times of trouble. “We need to know we have a God who will have our back,” he said.
Ritchie told students they can rely on God, finding hope and contentment during the highest and lowest points of life. “Hope in Him gives us hope to keep going,” he said.
For more about Daniel Ritchie, see his website here.