A Friend in Jesus

Description

Paralympic athlete Ernst van Dyk shares the comfort he finds in his relationship with Jesus.

When you have been dealt the cards I have been dealt in life, you have to make sense of it. Faith is one of the ways to do that, to have an understanding with your Maker and to figure out what is your purpose in life.

I thought I was given a disability to overcome and that was part of my process of growing up and how the Lord wanted to teach me to be a better person. I realized He had given me a talent to perform well on the world scene, to inspire people; to make people realize that when they think there is no way out, that there is actually a way out.

I travel a lot, am on the road a lot and am alone a lot. Having Jesus is like having a friend on the road with me. When things get too much for you or you feel alone or get down because you are not getting the results, it is so easy to talk to Him and be there and get guidance and feel the warmth.

The Games in 1992 were great. I was 17-years-old, and we went to Barcelona. It was the first time I went to the Paralympics and everything was perfect–the village, the stadium, the venues and thousands of spectators coming to watch. It was great. Athens was one of my best Paralympics so far. I got two silver medals and a bronze medal on the track. At Beijing, after 20 years of trying, I finally won a gold-medal in hand cycling.

Born with a congenital birth defect, Ernst van Dyk has no legs from the knees down and one arm is slightly affected. He has competed in three sports in five Paralympics, winning gold, two silvers and three bronze medals. He will compete for South Africa in the 2012 Paralympics in handcycling and the marathon.  


Please register for a free account to view this content

We hope you have enjoyed the 10 discipleship resources you have read in the last 30 days.
You have exceeded your 10 piece content limit.
Create a free account today to keep fueling your spiritual journey!

Already a member? Login to iDisciple

Related
George Canyon
Power to Change
True Motivation
Beyond the Ultimate
Growing in Faith
Beyond the Ultimate
Running with God
Beyond the Ultimate
Finding the Happy Ending to Our Sad Story
Amy Carroll
Follow Us

Want to access more exclusive iDisciple content?

Upgrade to a Giving Membership today!

Already a member? Login to iDisciple