LEADERSHIP, ADVERSITY and… DETERMINATION: She never held public office or Corporate ownership, but was, however… blind, mute, and deaf. Hardly the typical Leader ….. She was Helen Adams Keller… born in 1880 on a Plantation, in Tuscumbia, Alabama… of middle-class parents.
Because of the commitment of Anne Sullivan, her companion of 49 years, she learned to use sign language, and over a 25 year period learned to verbally communicate. She was, most notably… the ‘first deaf-blind person’ to EARN a Bachelor of Arts degree, having graduated from Ratcliff. She received many awards, accomplishments, honoree doctorates, and spoke world-wide on the causes of blindness. She died in her sleep at age 88 in 1968. She was a determined example of how hard work, commitment, and imagination can triumph over adversity. She was also the subject of two movies… The Miracle Worker, Helen Keller in Her Story.
Helen Keller did not allow ADVERSITY… to limit her accomplishments… rather… she was able to capitalize on her disability.
The Apostle Paul tells us in 1st Cor. 1:27 – “God hath chosen the weak things of this world to confound the things that are mighty.” And Solomon says in…Psalms 84:5 – “Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee.”
Not matter our shortcomings, adversities, or disadvantages in life’s journey… we can OVERCOME them. Adversity attacks everybody… it is not selective. However, with our love for Jesus… we can overcome adversity… every time. Remember this, God causes all things to work together for good to those that love him and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). That would be you… and me. With Christ in our life… we can make it through every sorrow, oppression, trouble, and adversity.
….Blessings to all, as we, together… overcome all adversity. …cjlb…9/26/2017