• August 24, 2016

CBU Chapel Speaker Counts His Blessings In Spite of His Circumstances

Riverside, Calif. (Oct. 21, 2015) – David Ring was born with cerebral palsy and orphaned at age 14. In spite of those obstacles, he is blessed, he told California Baptist University students.

Ring is a motivational speaker and author who spoke at chapel on Oct. 21. Ring spoke with wit and humor as he unfolded his story.

Ring said the more he tells his story, the more he realizes the obstacles and difficulties he has overcome and this reminds him he is blessed.

Some of those hurdles include the difficulty of being moved from family to family after being orphaned, of being told he would never graduate from college, or be a preacher or find a wife.

Ring noted that some people might say he has a disability or lives with a burden. Ring sees it a different way.

"Some may say I have a handicap," he said. "No, I don't. I have a platform to tell my story, which is I am blessed."

At 16, he became a Christian and realized that God uses broken people.

"It's not over until God says it's over," he said. "God had a plan for my life."

Ring now gets to speak to church and business leaders alike across the nation. He also is married and has four children.

He jokingly said another blessing of cerebral palsy is being the only man alive with four children and never having to change a diaper. He told his wife he would make a mess if he did that task.

Ring urged students to get out of the stands and into the game of the life and let God use them to encourage others.

 "My life is a message of hope," Ring said. "If God can use me, he can use you."