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Christopher Duffy

“Open the Eyes of My Heart”

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Photo courtesy of Godtube.com

When I was looking for some inspirational music to share, I came across the link to this inspiring Christian video. An autistic blind boy performed one of my favorite songs.

He was born the son of a cocaine addict back in 2001, nine years before he filmed this video. At only ten years of age, Christopher Duffley was invited to sing at the state capital  in New Hampshire on September 30, 2011. It was a huge venue, with 1,300 people–so many who showed up that they had to use the “overflow” room.

Many Christian singers from around the state came. While they performed in groups, only one exceptional performer was invited to sing solo–Christopher Duffley. His inspirational reputation had preceded him and he had fans waiting. People went wild when they heard him sing.

I could see why. He was, in turn, vulnerable and confident. I was amazed  at his superb voice and that, in spite of all the obstacles he faced daily,  how much joy his face revealed as he performed. He was in his element! Triumphant spirit, triumphant God!

Watching this video reminded me that God has a plan for each one of us. He provides a specific talent (s) ~ everything that we need to bring Him glory. God always instills something unique in each one of us alone, regardless of who we are or what challenges we face.

Listen the song here:

http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=KGYWKLNX

This song also reminds me of this verse:

One version of this scripture states it this way: you should guard your heart because it “is the wellspring of life.”  Another says, “…for  it’s the source of life’s consequences,” and a thirds words it this way: “be careful what you think because your thoughts control your life.”

What does this all have to do with seeing with the “eyes of [a] heart?”

First, this boy has his heart right, his priorities straight. Though he’s blind and autistic, he’s looking past his circumstances to God, who shows him his worthiness.

This really testifies to me as a vision-impaired person! It puts my situation in a totally different perspective. It tells me that whatever is going on outwardly in my life, God wants me to see my life circumstances and people through His eyes as best I can. He wants me to keep my eyes trained on Him so I don’t lose myself in the shadows of doubt and problems that overwhelm me at times. I’m not  talking about only the challenges of ongoing vision loss but also the daily challenges we all face.  If I am filling myself with goodness from the overflow of what He shows me in my heart (thoughts), I can see His path more clearly  especially when I have difficulty seeing physically.

I just wanted to share that with you tonight. I hope you find this song inspirational for these reasons and more – perhaps his beautiful, heartfelt voice,  the joy Christopher brings others through his singing, the excitement he shows,  the smile that shines from his face or his awesome accomplishment in singing before so many people!

It’s all showing God’s glory!

You have read “Christopher Duffley Sings Open the Eyes of My Heart.” Copyright September 2014. If you liked this, LIKE, share or comment. Thanks!

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Amy Bovaird is the author of two best-selling books Mobility Matters and Cane Confessions: The Lighter Side to Mobility.  An accomplished and inspirational speaker, she talks on a variety of topics based on her life experiences and continues to educate and inspire others through her writing and speaking. She lives with a dual disability—progressive vision and hearing loss due to Usher Syndrome. She blogs about the challenges she faces as she loses more vision and hearing and manages to find humor around almost every corner, AmyBovaird.com. Her books are available at Amazon. Follow her on social media at Amy Bovaird, Author.
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10 thoughts on “Christopher Duffley Sings The Eyes of My Heart

  • September 9, 2014 at 4:45 am
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    There’s nothing like watching a blind, autistic boy asking God to open the eyes of his heart to put things in perspective. Thanks for sharing this, Amy!

  • September 9, 2014 at 12:01 pm
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    That’s a great proverb to remember!

  • September 9, 2014 at 12:24 pm
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    I never cease to marvel at God’s ways! There is always a balance in life, and when we believe that, it seems we are on the right path.

    Thank you for sharing the music, Amy!

    I am here via the Ultra Blog Challenge Facebook group….and so glad to meet you!

    Love, Vidya

  • September 9, 2014 at 1:21 pm
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    Melinda,
    You’re right. It puts our situations in perspective!
    Amy

  • September 9, 2014 at 1:26 pm
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    Yes, it is! I never knew it meant that our thoughts determine our outcome but it makes sense!
    Thanks so much for reading my post and come back, Nick!
    Amy

  • September 9, 2014 at 2:35 pm
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    Vidya,
    It’s so nice to meet you, too! Glad I’m glad you liked the music.
    I look forward to reading your writing soon!
    Amy

  • September 9, 2014 at 2:38 pm
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    Kristen,
    Thank you! I would guess that such an inspirational video would be floating around the Internet!
    Thanks for stopping by to read my post and watch the video!
    Amy

  • September 9, 2014 at 5:51 pm
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    Bawled my eyes out, but ended up smiling. TOO MUCH, AMY! Blah…. here I go again!

  • September 10, 2014 at 8:44 pm
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    Ha ha! I know, right? What a touching performance!
    Beckie, will give you a call soon!
    Amy

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