BOUNCING BACK WHEN YOUR CHANCES ARE ZERO!
What are the chances you will succeed? What are the chances you will overcome the obstacles you are facing right now in your life? What are the real numbers? The chance your marriage will last, you will get the promotion you so desire, your kids will turn out right, you will find true love and a meaningful life? What are the chances?
Decisions are made every day based on numbers...statistics. Sometimes we let those numbers tell us whether to keep trying, whether to continue or drop out, whether to even get up in the morning or stay in bed. If you lose "hope" you are in for a deep, dark journey. Joshua's number was zero. It doesn't get any lower than zero! Not a fifty-fifty chance he would make it, not a twenty-five percent chance, not even a ten percent chance. Zero! Think about that.
At the age of only four, Joshua Goodling was diagnosed with a terminal cancer. The doctors told his parents he had only one week to live, and his chances of survival were zero! That was 43 years ago, so it's been a LONG week! After many months of surgeries and treatments, and two long bouts with the disease, the cancer was eventually gone, but it left Joshua with many obstacles to overcome. His vocal chords were paralyzed, his growth was stunted, and he was faced with new daily challenges and difficulties that would remain with him for the rest of his life.
Humanly speaking, his life was destroyed by this cancerous monster that had disrupted it. Joshua was left with two basic choices. Either give up and do nothing with the rest of his life, or turn the trials and difficulties he faced into opportunities to encourage, inspire, and change other people's lives. He chose the 2nd option, and has reached people all over the world with his amazing story, messages, and publications. He is available anywhere in the world for speaking engagements.
∇ Cancer and Non-Profit EventsJoshua's story of overcoming the obstacles and difficulties of a life-threatening disease have been an encouragement to people all over the world who are now facing similar trials in their own lives. People constantly thank Joshua for giving them hope when they thought there was none left. He has spoken at many Relay for Life events and other cancer and health related fund raisers with excellent response."As the keynote speaker for the 2012 'A Tribute to Our Quiet Heroes,' a luncheon honoring mothers of children with cancer, Joshua inspired hundreds with his story of survival and determination. His message was very relevant and such a message of hope for all who face trials of their own."
— Kristin Connor – Executive Director – CURE Childhood Cancer
∇ Public Schools and Youth OrganizationsEven in non-faith based events at schools and other non-religious youth events, Joshua's story of overcoming obstacles in his life and putting others first has had a life-changing effect on young people who sit glued to every word he has to say. Young people often tell Joshua remarks like, "You just changed my life!" Joshua has spoken at many public schools in the State of Georgia, and the staff is always pleasantly surprised at the excellent response from students and teachers alike."We had the privilege to have Joshua Goodling speak to our entire 7th grade student body about making good choices. As he spoke, approximately 340 students sat listening, hanging on to every word as he talked about the importance of choices we make. I feel that his presentation will prove to be a pivotal moment for some of our students."
— Tim Boyd – Head Coach – Chestatee Academy
∇ Christian Schools and Youth OrganizationsYoung people are captivated by Joshua and his story. They love hearing about a man who has faced such insurmountable trials and come out of the ordeal with such a positive attitude and outlook on life. And they are encouraged and inspired by his faith in Jesus Christ. Joshua has had a profound impact on the lives of young people at schools and youth conferences and other events."Many parents have emailed me to say that their kids can't stop talking about you and your message. More than a few have said that their kids were so moved by you that when they talk about what they learned it brings them to tears. One mom wrote to tell me that her son said that you were the most inspirational speaker he has ever heard, and that he got more out of your message than he ever has at church or any other spiritual gathering."
— Jodi Garner – Board Member – Forsyth/Dawson Counties FCA
∇ Churches and Christian EventsJoshua has preached in churches all over the United States. He himself was a pastor for two years before becoming a full-time speaker. His messages are encouraging and life-changing as he talks about how God has a perfect plan for everyone's life, and how to have that personal daily relationship with Jesus Christ many are looking for. His messages, books, and publications have been used by God to impact lives all over the world."Joshua has a powerful story and he tells it well. It is a story about suffering and the sovereignty of God, and Joshua has integrated the truth of both into his life like few I've known."
— Trent Thompson – High School & Community Pastor, First Evangelical Free Church of Austin
∇ Conference and Convention KeynotesAt conferences and conventions, Joshua is an attention grabbing keynote speaker. His speeches have always received enthusiastic responses resulting in attendees rating conferences as the best they've ever attended. If you want to make your conference a success, add Joshua to your list of speakers. The impact on your audiences will be life changing."The School Nutrition Association of South Carolina was privileged to hear Joshua's story at our 58th Annual Conference. He challenged and inspired us all by his life."
— Imogene F. Clarke – Conference Chairperson, Vice President – School Nutrition Association of South Carolina
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
Thank you Joshua! You just changed my life!
You came to my school today and it just touched my heart hearing your story. Thanks for coming to our school!!
Your message was very powerful. It showed me that whenever I struggle and I think I have it bad, I can look back and remember all the hard times you've gone through. You are a true inspiration and I hope I can hear your powerful message again.
Wow, you are making such a difference in touching people's lives!
I truly enjoyed listening to you speak at the Florida School Nutrition Convention in Orlando. You were an inspiration to all!
Your story is simply amazing!!!! Miracles do happen and people need to be made aware of stories such as yours so they don't lose hope.
Joshua, I think you are the bravest guy I've ever met. I was speechless when I heard your story!
That was one of the best chapel services we’ve had in a long time, I genuinely have never seen the students so attentive and engaged with a speaker. Thank you SO much for sharing your testimony!
I've never met anyone else who was given a zero chance of survival, has overcome great obstacles, and has been used in such a great way.
PERSONAL TESTIMONY - THE 315 PROJECT
KEYNOTE - FLORIDA SCHOOL NUTRITION ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE
TELEVISION INTERVIEW - WATC 57
FRIENDS & NEIGHBORS SHOW
PREACHING - CHRIST CHURCH METRO ATLANTA
RELAY FOR LIFE - STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK
INTRODUCTION - FOR CANCER FUNDRAISER VIDEO