Tuesday, January 29, 2013

As I See It - An Interview with Tom Sullivan

Born prematurely in 1947 and as a result of too much oxygen, Tom Sullivan lost his eyesight.  Growing up feeling isolated in a fenced backyard, he heard the sounds of the world around him and he wanted to be a part of it.  Everything changed when he decided to jump the fence and discover what was on the other side.

As I See It: A Perspective on Life, Love, and Purpose is Tom's inspirational memoir where he shares moments in his life that would allow him to become an acclaimed entertainer, actor, musician and author.  But not only that but also how he experienced God's grace during a life-changing moment.

During my conversation with Tom we talked about the victories and failures in his life and those moments that brought him the greatest joy.  To listen click here.

In As I See It, Tom shares insights he gained including a person's true worth, growing close to others without exceptions, how to celebrate individual uniqueness and thoughts on other issues including:
  • Societal Labels
  • Pride
  • Interdependence
  • Faith
Tom believes every person living with a disability has a unique gift to offer society.  His hope is that we can make a difference by having more interaction with those that are disabled and offering them a proper education and opportunity to participate in some facet of employment.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Having a Generous Spirit

Have you made any resolutions for the new year? How are you doing with them? I know sometimes it's easy for us to make goals like these completely unattainable, and sometimes we get so busy that we just plain forget about them.  I've made a few for this year but the one I hope I can reach and not forget about is to be more generous.

That's my goal - to be more generous.  More generous with my time, more generous with my words and more generous with my finances.  Now you may be thinking to yourself, "Time and words I've got plenty of but money - that's a different story!"  This is what I've learned recently about my finances - God has given me exactly what I need for my daily living and exactly what I need to give to others. Some months that amount may be one thing and some months it may be something else. Either way, God has made us to be generous just as He is generous.

Let me challenge you this way - ask God how he would have you be generous with your finances this month. Ask where he would like you to give and then give with all your heart. If you would like to learn more about organizations that need people just like you please drop me a line.