Friday, May 12, 2006

Only One

Helen Keller once said, "I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something." What a marvelous attitude this remarkable woman had. Despite her myriad of disabilities, she accomplished more than most "normal" people do. She pushed herself and overcame numerous battles that many of us would have melted before. Truly she was an optimist.

As individual Christians, we are only one, but still we are ONE. We cannot do everything, but still there is plenty that we can do (if we will just do it). Reflecting on the tremendous roadblocks that Helen had, we should be reminded that there are probably many more things we could do if we would simply apply ourselves.

What if we employed the energy to studying and learning the scriptures that she did to learning sign language, Braille and eventually even speaking? What kinds of things could we then accomplish? What if we honed our skills so that we might teach others about the gospel, the way she honed hers and eventually taught countless others to overcome their disabilities? What if we made it our mission in life to be an encourager of people as it obviously was hers?

I do not know what Helen Keller's religious views and convictions were, but her attitude toward life can certainly be an example to each of us in our walk in our Christian life.

Dana Burk

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