This month’s Access-Life Rays of Sunshine is someone you might not think of as a ministry volunteer. After all she is the co-founder and co-director with me but unlike me she receives no financial compensation directly. However, she works just as hard, even harder at times and is just as passionate and dedicated in serving individuals and families living with disabilities as any one I know.
In fact, she is the most inspirational person I know. Her heart for the Lord Jesus, His wholesome holiness, serving others and seeing people accept Jesus as their savior is second to no one I know. She serves behind the scenes, in front of people and often very long days tirelessly doing whatever needs to be done to get the job done. And the job maybe big like doing an Expo promotional eblast or small like taking the call of a person or family member with a disability. It may be mundane like filing a permit application or maybe exciting like seeing participants cheered for at an Expo. Whatever the task, she is faithful to the calling God has put on her life.
Now this does not mean she is perfect or never falls. Hey, we all do, right? But what is so inspiring is her heart that has confidence in Jesus as the one who enables us to follow Him, persevere and make a difference in peoples lives for Him. When we first met she told me her favorite verse was: Philippians 3:13-14: Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. After 25 years of marriage I know why. This is her heart, at the core of who she is and what keeps her going. And that’s why this month’s Rays of Sunshine is Leanne Goddard.