Murals (2008) by PHANTAST - Graffiti - Cultural Music & Art Association inc. - 98 Milne St. Benleigh


Professor Page Pit was the head of the Department of Journalism at Marshall University. His success is enviable because of the record he has made, but what is most remarkable is that he accomplished all practically blind. When he was five, he lost 97% of his eyesight. He refused to attend a school for the blind and was accepted in a public school. He played baseball, catching a low ball by the sound of it whistling through the grass. He played football as a second-string tackle.

One day, a somewhat thoughtless student asked the professor which he would consider the worst handicap: blindness or deafness, or no arms and legs, or what?  "There was a smoldering, ominous quiet," said his wife. Then Page exploded. "None of those things! Lethargy, irresponsibility, lack of ambition or desire: They are the real handicaps. If I do not teach you anything but to want to do something with your lives, this course will be a magnificent success!"

The real enemies we face, the ones that deal us the most severe blows, are not the handicaps of blindness or deafness. There are enemies far worse: lethargy, irresponsibility, lack of ambition, and lack of desire. These are the real enemies. You may be like Pitt, who was blind early in his life. You face a handicap, anything, and you are prone  to pity yourself. You are so quick to rationalize and make excuses. You can blame it on a physical handicap. Or you can say you were a victim of circumstances. You can always find an excuse. Until you come to realize that your biggest enemy is you, your life will continue to be one big failure.

There is something more important, however, than just results. It is learning how to live, how to overcome your difficulties, how to really make your life count. "I can do everything through Him who gives me strength" (Philippians, 4:13). There is one thing you can be sure of. You can do anything God wants you to do, and you can find His strength and help in accomplishing it. Most of us excuse ourselves with reasons that God could not justify for a moment. We blame Him for our mistakes, for our poor eyesight, out background that makes accomplishment difficult.

There are usually one of two courses of action open to us: that of self-pity and complacency, or that of accomplishment, rising above the handicaps that ordinarily spell failure. Excuses or results? You hold the anser. The next time you are tempted to think up an excuse, please visualize Pitt Page as a youth, 97% blind, striving to catch a baseball as it came whistling through the grass...(Harold Sala, Profiles in Faith).

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