Joshua Goodling

At the age of four, Joshua Goodling was diagnosed with terminal cancer and given only one week to live. That was over 34 years ago, so it's been a long week. He is now an inspirational and motivational speaker, seeking to encourage and inspire others to make a difference in today's world. You can visit his website at He is also the founder of You can contact him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mark Twain is quoted as saying; "If Christ were here now there is one thing he would not be - a Christian." The sad truth is the way many people who claim to be Christians today live their lives, Mr. Twain would be correct. A Christian by definition is a person who believes in and strives to live as Jesus Christ would live. Christianity is not an organized religion, it is not a certain denomination, it is a way of life.

Recently in the news, I've seen way too many news stories of child abuse, cruelty to children, and other disgusting actions. These acts are terrible in themselves, but what also really frustrates me is when the story goes on to state that the person committing the acts claims to be a Christian, or is a member of some church that lists Christianity as its foundation. Some of these people use Christianity as an excuse for their actions. Equally exasperating is when someone commits murder or other crimes, and then says something like; "God told me to do it!"

William Penn once said; "I expect to pass through life but once. If, therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do for any fellow being, let me do it now as I shall not pass this way again."

Too many people today have only their self-interests at heart. They only seem to care about what they want, when they want, and how they want, and could care less if it they harm others getting it.

When I was building the new website for my speaking services, I wanted some references and quotes from people who knew me. I wrote to one of my previous managers and asked him to write me a short paragraph or two for my site. This is part of what he wrote:

?Joshua realized that work is not just a place to do a job, but it is also a place where a group of people are more or less forced to spend a lot of time together. He did everything he could to make the job more fun and if possible, to bring a smile to anyone he encountered during the course of the day. Joshua always understood that clients and coworkers are first of all people with the same problems and needs that everyone else has.?

From that statement, I have taken my title for this article, ?Coworkers Are People Too!?.
I don't know if you've seen the movie entitled "Pay it Forward". It was produced in 1998, and told the story of a boy who when challenged by his history teacher to come up with an idea that would "change the world", came up with the thought that everyone should pass on to others the kindness and help that others have given to them. It is one of my favorite movies. We too often think about ourselves instead of thinking about others.
Despite his busy schedule during the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln often visited the hospitals to cheer the wounded. On one occasion he saw a young fellow who was near death. ?Is there anything I can do for you?? asked the compassionate President. ?Please write a letter to my mother,? came the reply. Unrecognized by the soldier, the Chief Executive sat down and wrote as the youth told him what to say.