I want to share a very cool moment from last night. From my posts, many of you may know that I have been at Miss Kansas workshop this past weekend! I always love going to workshop as it is really a motivation to continue to working hard for the title of Miss kansas. I met some beautiful young women yesterday as well as saw friends from past years once again. Contestants if you’re reading this, it was great seeing you!
Nearly anyone who knows me knows that my platform and passion in life is serving those with disabilities. I want to live in a world where my friends with disabilities are included in society, with their worth truly understood by those around them. I am proud of how far our Be Unstoppable message has come and am even more excited by what is in the works and still to do. But there are many times where I wonder if it is enough. Do I say enough? Have I reached enough people? Do my friends truly know they are unstoppable? I’m human, and I doubt and question a lot. As you can imagine, being in a room with 33 outstanding women all vying for the title really presents a (healthy) amount of pressure. So on my way to my workout last night I began asking God if I was enough. I wanted to know that what I was doing had purpose, that people understood my heart, that things were really changing around us...and that is when God stepped in.
At the moment I was asking these questions my gas light turned on. I figured I should probably do something about that and coincidentally was pulling up to a quick trip. I stopped at a pump and realized I didn’t have my card on me, but had cash. I walked inside, grabbed a powerade, and walked to the counter to pay. There was a man at the counter counting out his money to pay the cashier. I could see that he had Down Syndrome when I had walked inside. Oddly enough I was wearing my Be Unstoppable t-shirt (honestly to motivate me for the gym) and thought “well how fun God, Thank you!” But I didn’t realize there would be more. The man turned towards me, smiled, and asked me to tie his shoe. I got down on the ground and tied both shoes, which I found quickly needed to be done a certain way (he was a charmer). I made a joke about him walking around with his shoes untied and he laughed...and then he looked at my t-shirt. He smiled big and said “thank you” and walked out of the door.
I don’t know if he read the t-shirt. I don’t know if he even knows about my campaign. I don’t know him. What I know, is God is so good to send me that man. When I had just been asking God if what I was doing was enough, I was thanked by a stranger. And yes, I only tied his shoes. But I truly believe it is more than that. I truly believe that was God giving me peace in my heart, and in a way placed that man to thank me on behalf of the disability community. Perhaps that is a stretch, but God speaks in many ways and I heard him loud and clear.
There are a million things I can and will continue to do for my friends with disabilities. It’s my passion, my calling, and my plan for the rest of my life. But it is good to sit back every once in awhile and remember that if I stopped today, it would still be enough. Lives have been impacted, people have heard my message….and most importantly, I am enough for my God. if the world ended today, I would be enough. Not because of who I am or what I have done, but because of who God is and what he did on a cross thousands of years ago. So if you need to hear it...you are so enough.