At 19 months, Helen Keller contracted an illness that left her without hearing and sight and was labelled as deaf and dumb. Helen’s parents didn’t agree, and so they hired a teacher by the name of Anne Sullivan to work with her, and she eventually learnt to read and write using Braille. Amazingly in 1904 she received her degree with honours and went on to devote her life to helping others.
Mark Twain and Robert Louis Stevenson praised and almost every American President of her day invited her to the White House.
When asked if there was anything worse than being blind, Helen replied, “Yes having sight but no vision.”
At 12, Thomas Edison developed such a severe hearing loss that his teachers recommended he be taken out of school. Labelled as a slow learner, he used his ‘handicap’ to focus on his work and gave the world over 1000 inventions including the light bulb and the motion camera.
No matter how you’ve been labelled by the experts, understand that God’s plan for your life is still as strong today as the day you were born. Use what you have to be a blessing to others and God will enable your life to shine and stand out more than most.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 But Jesus said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
A daily devotion for a better way of living.