“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.” –Helen Keller
How is it that a girl who was blind, deaf, and mute could understand concepts such as these so much better than the rest of us? Perhaps it’s that our senses sometimes hinder rather than help us.
Sight is a gift from God. But every gift can be used in a way for which it was not intended. The Bible says in Proverbs 16:16, “How much better to get wisdom than gold, and good judgment than silver!” We need to use wisdom in every area of our lives, especially in those things we let ourselves watch, read, and listen to. There is so much negativity and vulgarity in the media today that we need to be on the constant lookout. What good is there in flooding our minds with nonsense and profanity? Turn that TV off. Or at least switch the station. Another thing to mention about sight: Too often we judge others by it. Recently I watched an old episode of Tyra about the “popular” vs. “unpopular” girls in high school. One of the concepts in this episode was that the “unpopular” girls felt they were being judged by their appearances—their clothes, hair, weight, and so on. These are all outward characteristics. Helen Keller realized what most of us truly don’t: Inner beauty is what matters most. She saw more spiritual truth than most of us can with our earthly eyes.
Helen Keller was not only blind, but also deaf and mute. However, it seems that her discernment was greater than the majority’s. There is a lesson to be learned here. Words are important, and so is the means by which we express them. Keller had to find her own way to communicate. While there are people out there who cannot utter a single word, those of us who can, should use them with wisdom, discernment, and kindness. The Bible says in Proverbs 18:21 that life and death are in the power of the tongue.
God has given us all certain gifts (Helen Keller’s being wisdom among other things). What we think we lack in one area, God makes up for over abundantly in another area. He is always looking to bless us, but we have to keep our spiritual eyes and ears open. Most importantly, we must keep our hearts open and receptive to others. We must love unceasingly and unconditionally as He loves us.
Note: I do realize these things I’ve written don’t have much to do with the quote itself; Nonetheless, it was important to say them. Look out for the next blog in which I go into depth on this quote.
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