This week, I had the privilege of speaking for the Lighthouse of Pinellas in Largo, Florida. The room was teeming with faithful volunteers, committed counselors and administrators, hopeful moms of visually impaired and blind children and potential benefactors. I told them it was an honor to partner with such a purposeful organization, and I really meant it. Since 1956, The Lighthouse of Pinellas has advanced the independence, opportunities and quality of life for the more than 40,000 blind and visually impaired residents of Pinellas County.
When I was a teen-age girl in Miami, the Lighthouse there did that for me. My counselor/mobility instructor was Mike Walsh. He went the extra mile in taking me to my future college campus and teaching me how to use a white cane and navigate my new surroundings. As I told the lovely people at the luncheon on Wednesday, what Mike did for me and what they do for the people whom they serve is offer light in darkness.
Each of us can do that. Some of us can offer a giant spot light and others of us may have only a tiny flickering candle, but even a little bit of light makes darkness flee!
I finished my keynote by articulating the different lights along my path, - lights like: my parents, Mike Walsh, countless unnamed prayer warriors and cheerleaders, friends and assistants, and most recently, Bill Carnegie, who trained me to use adaptive technology which allows me to type and edit this blog! But my final statement was to acknowledge the Light of Life, the One in Whom there is no darkness at all. It is in His Light that I live and thrive. When His Light is in me, then I am a true “Light house.”
Let Him shine!
“We are not here to learn how to live in the dark but to walk in the light. We are not here to get along with evil but to overcome it with good.”
- Vance Havner.