My Best Friend Is Blind

I’ve only known Ken for 6 years but we became instant friends.  That’s not saying much, we’re both that way.  We expect to become friends with every person we meet.  But Ken has become my best friend.

The majority of Ken’s friends are ministers.  I keep trying to tell him that God is trying to tell him something.

Last year Ken moved to Jefferson City, Missouri and got an opportunity he never had before.  He is now singing with a barbershop choir.  Kind of a difficult thing.  Those harmonies are really different and hard.  Recently, a couple of newspapers presented an article about Ken being a part of the barbershop choir and several other papers and news services picked up on it including the Kansas City Star and USA Today.  The following link is for the KC Star’s report.

Ken Strong

Ken Strong

I appreciate time spent with Ken.  If you ever get to know him, you will learn that his blindness is not a disability, at least not in his mind, but just an issue he has to deal like some of us have bad backs, or arthritis, or bad knees or something.

When Ken walks with me, he puts his right hand on my left shoulder and follows me.  He can sense my movement and follows my movement one step after me.  If I begin to turn, he turns.  If I step down, he steps down.  Every once in a while, I’ll step up when there is no step and he’ll try to step up to the fake step.   That’s when I get a powerful squeeze on my shoulder and a chuckle.

Being a follower of Christ involves more than just a decision to become a Christ-follower and learning from the Bible.  We have the Holy Spirit of God.  Acts 2:38 indicates this important fact.  “Peter replied, ‘Repent and be baptized for the forgiveness of your sins and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.'”

The Holy Spirit does several things.  He is a seal of our salvation (2 Corinthians 1:21-22; Ephesians 1:13-14).  He develops spiritual fruit in us (Galatians 5:22-23).  He provides the way to live so we must walk by the Spirit (Galatians 5:25).  He is also our guide (Romans 8:14; Galatians 5:18).

If we are led or guided by the Spirit, we are following the Spirit.  He uses God’s Word, the Bible to work in us and lead us, but He guides us in a similar way to my guiding my friend Ken.  If we are sensitive to the Spirit when He (capital H because He is God) leads us, we will follow exactly in the steps He is leading us in and we will not stray, we hold to the truth, and we will be pleasing to God.

Thanks Ken for helping me see how I am being led by the Spirit.


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