Seeing Life Through Different Eyes

An Interview with Gordon Mote

We’ve all said a time or two, “The problem with life is that it’s so daily”! Horns honking, kids crying, TV’s blaring, bills to pay, laundry to fold, and dishes to wash; we’re all driven to distraction.

Sadly, such distractions also limit our focus on what’s really important. In fact, have you stopped recently to ask yourself what IS really important? Where is my focus? Have I become too narrow—so focused on today that my perspective on life has lost its meaning? Where is my vision?

Gordon Mote speaks to this because he has chosen to focus on life’s bigger picture. Gordon and his younger brother were both born blind, yet both clung to God’s direction for their lives. Their vision—captivating, inspiring, illuminating, energizing—is embedded in their hearts. Gordon shares how God has used his blindness to see life through the eyes of his soul—eyes that remain focused on reaching the lost and restoring the discouraged.

Watch the Interview

Interview Questions

  1. How did your parents handle having two kids born blind?
  2. How was your experience as a mainstream student in Alabama?
  3. Did you experience any bullying in school?
  4. What are some ways parents can help their kids see the positive side when they are bullied or lonely?
  5. Why do good things happen to bad people?
  6. Was there a time in your life when you wondered, What is the purpose for my life?
  7. How did you get around when you moved to a new city? How did you not sink into depression or discouragement?
  8. What was it like to get married? What qualities does your wife Kimberly have that offer you support?
  9. Where do you get your inspiration for your songs?
  10. How did you learn about Insight for Living Ministries? Is there an organization that could help my family with a disabled loved one go on the cruise?
  11. How do you invite others to know Christ?
  12. What do you say to those who doubt God right now? How have you responded to those who say you need more faith to be healed?
  13. What will life be like “on the other side”?

Let Me Hear from You

Without question, life’s daily demands can cause us to constrict our vision. But without a vision, we lose sight of what’s really important. Have you asked yourself what is important to you recently? What do you value? What are your fears? If you let go, what’s the worst thing that could happen? Certainly, Gordon Mote could have feared letting go, failing, stumbling and falling; but he opened his hands to what Christ has allowed in his life. Are you willing to open your hands to Christ?

I want to help you when you stumble and fumble through fears—so that you might find new light and life at the end of your tunnel. So please connect with me . . . let’s talk through the challenges you are facing today and how to have a new and bright tomorrow.

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About Gordon Mote

Gordon MoteGordon, who was voted “Top Piano/Keyboard Player of the Year” at the 44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in 2009, began playing piano at age 3 and toured with his family’s singing group until his undeniable talent made him an award-winning Nashville session player with the likes of Brad Paisley, Alan Jackson, Rascal Flatts, Lionel Richie, and Alison Krauss. Gordon recently wrapped up a six-year stint singing and playing for the popular Gaither Homecoming concerts and recordings so that he could devote more time to his family and expanding solo career.

The vocalist, producer, and keyboardist extraordinaire has been blind since birth, but his words and music reach beyond the ears to the heart. More than his undeniable talent, Gordon’s fans appreciate his ability to communicate the love of Christ to a world in need of hope.

Gordon Mote Resources

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Insight for Living Ministries Resources

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Other Resources

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9 thoughts on “Seeing Life Through Different Eyes

  1. I really enjoyed getting to know about Gordon here today with this interview. I wasn’t previously familiar with him – what an inspiration! I love that he has so many inspiring people in his life.

  2. Hi Colleen, so sorry that it has taken me so long to watch this interview. Even more sorry now that I have watched it. Thank you for sharing with us all the people you are connected with who are an encouragement to you, and in turn us. Thank you also for the challenge & rebuke these opportunities offer as well.

    It’s so very easy to look at you and those you interview and see you all as having it ‘all together’. Even though you and those you speak with share of your own struggles, it takes conscious effort and thought to appreciate that your struggles are indeed ‘struggles’. I must say that having children who are blind has not been so difficult for me, but dealing with society, local and christian community who are unwilling to be informed or changed in response to members of their own groups, is most difficult.

    How I would love to go on the cruise next year, and with my children too. I have often looked at the cruises. My 20yr old son brought out the advertisement for next year’s cruise to show me some months ago, I told him I already wanted to go. If you’re going, I think that would be the biggest draw-card for me. Your Dad, Mum and Gordon too, but you especially.

    Have loved getting to know people here.
    Until next time, bye from Oz, Gina

    • Gina,
      It’s always good to hear from you and I’m glad you had some time to hear Gordon’s voice and story. While your note sounded encouraging, I could also hear a twinge of frustration…maybe that our rougher edges didn’t show or that life with challenges can often make other’s lives appear more simple. When we record, it’s the ‘best’ of what I can do; trying to encourage and offer information relevant to the topic and person. By no means does that imply that life is simple or put together. This past year has been one of the hardest with many changes, challenges, and ongoing medical issues for several in my family; there are times I’ve wanted to toss in the towel and say I’m all done. Most days this past year I have worked from home, no make up, in my sweats or jammies, probably topped off with a baseball hat and hair in a pony tail because getting ready takes time and I need every extra second that does not include Jon’s needs…along with 4 other kids…to work and relate and live some kind of life. I hope that is encouraging; things often appear different than reality with most families; and most families I know struggle to keep pressing on. As far as the cruise goes, yes, I have been asked to go and do another interview with Gordon. Due to financial pressures and building a new facility for IFLM headquarters, that may change but for this moment, I do plan to attend with my hubby and kids. I would treasure meeting you and also know it’s a huge sacrifice to bring along other’s or even try to get away. My prayers for God’s direction will be going to the Lord for you and your family. Thanks for connecting. I hope you get a chance to catch a snippet here and there with Jolene Philo’s interview as we cover the most incredible “Caregiver’s Notebook” she has authored…including Bible reading plans and spiritual support throughout. Hope you are well, have a wonderful day and let’s connect again soon. Colleen

      • Colleen, thank you for your thoughtful response. I think that written communication can be more clear than verbal sometimes, can be less emotive than in person sometimes, but can perhaps also be lacking at others. I by no means meant to imply that your lives all look more ‘together’ than mine. You are so honest and upfront about your own struggles, not to mention your extended family (as appropriate), that I would never have even thought that you are better off than I or that I am worse off than you. My apologies if I was less than clear. I guess I was just wanting to acknowledge how it takes a conscious effort sometimes to recognise another’s truth, even when we know it, when we see them from some distance, or in a public sphere, or our pain is still too present and raw. My heart and prayer for you and others here is offered up often. I perceived some written communication this week which I received and responded to in an over-sensitive way, and I have perhaps written to you in the same light. I apologise for this also. I have had many speak with me directly and indirectly indicating that my life is easy and I am no comfort to them and an affront to them or their friends, simply because I am me and not them. My most recent trouble has granted me relief from their presence, verbal and emotional abuse and slander, but my wounds are clearly still only just developing scabs (horrible sounding word), not yet scars which are less easily pried open. The challenge and rebuke you offer me here (that I mentioned in my previous note), is that you offer and allow me to see all people’s struggles, catching any self-pity as it arises and which I am not entitled to, so that I can address it with my heavenly Father, and have Him nip it in the bud, through Christ. Thank you for your graciousness, time and sacrifice in our service, as you serve our Risen Victorious Lord Jesus. You are much loved and appreciated from afar. Gina

        • Gina,
          For sure, I never took any words as offensive in any way. Some days our lives are simple, then the next day they can be ever so difficult…I totally understand the sway of emotions and struggles. It is easy to view any other life as ‘more simple’ or ‘more together’…especially behind the camera. I so understand. I was not at all offended but concerned that I had communicated a reality that was inaccurate. Our lives, this life on earth, is less that what God intended; so we must always filter our interpretation through that lens. You seem to do a wonderful job at that. I have never hear self-pity…in fact, if I were in your shoes, I probably would throw a pity party weekly! I can’t imagine anyone speaking to you about this as I don’t know anyone who has such difficulties similar to yours who also keeps a bright outlook and open heart. You are full of grace, full of God’s presence, full of His power, and that is noticed in every interaction I have with you. Knowing you is a delight. I look forward to learning more and more as the days pass. Thanks for your sensitivity and rest assured, no offense was considered here. Have a wonderful day. Colleen

  3. Hello Colleen, I enjoyed listening to your interview with Gordon. His comment about his parents allowing he and his brother to try and to explore has me thinking about how I can better open up possibilities for my sons. I am also challenged by his words regarding what a great example his wife is. I want to allow my faith to be big. Noah-my son with disabilities-asked me recently if he will get married and have a wedding picture after looking at my wedding picture on the living room wall. Right now it does not seem to be a possibility but I am trying to keep a balance between being realistic and having faith–knowing that miracles can happen.This week, he put on his Santa hat and enthusiastically ‘played’ and old broken guitar and ‘sang’. He told me (through sign language that he wants to take the guitar to school and sing for the kids and also for church. Noah cannot speak words. He makes loud noises and runs his hand over the guitar strings. He cannot form any of the chords.The smile on his face was priceless. I told him he would have to practice some more first! I have been wondering if I should allow him to do so.I find it hard sometimes to know what to do.I feel like I am in uncharted waters. I feel such a heavy sense of responsibility to provide the rehabilitation that he needs.I don’t want to let him down. Resources are not plentiful nor my energy levels.It seems that I cannot get past just providing for his basic needs right now.The thought that really bothers me is am I doing enough! I keep praying for a hope and a future for him that is bright. I pray that he will be a blessing at school and everywhere he goes. I find that I am learning a new definition of what a blessing is!

    • Madeline,
      As only the Lord could do, He sent this note at the perfect time. I am battling the exact same issues…I mean the EXACT same internal churnings…what does ‘good enough’ look like, how can I find and do more with the exhaustion I already feel, is there a future and hope, and what does it all look like??? In fact, just today I was listening to a podcast on Traumatic Brain Injury (one of Jon’s syndromes), and I found my self spiraling down that ‘not enough’ lane. This combined with my daughter’s wedding two weeks ago brought up so many questions neither you nor I can know. What we can set our foundation on is that His love for our kids is greater than we can imagine, there is no mistake in how they are put together, God’s knows the beginning and end, He promises to provide enough strength for the moment but tomorrow isn’t promised. So, we must force our focus to remain in today. For today, my son is playing his iPad behind my desk at this moment, I’m hearing more tics wondering what’s up with that…tired, weather, pressure, his own worries, what???…and I’m sending you a note to say I totally understand. I think one of the greatest gifts God offers through our different kids is the reality that we don’t know what the next moment will hold. James tells us “Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while then vanishes” (4:14) We are forced to live biblically…to think biblically which is one of the greatest gifts we can be given. Who knows what tomorrow holds for you and me Madeline; but we have today to do our best, to love our kids, to honor the Lord, and to live in peace. When we open ourselves to how greatly we need Him to fill those empty spaces, He does with His light that shine through. What a wonderful calling. So let your light shine; let your worries go and live in this moment with joy. I don’t know any other way to live than like this for now. I hope that encourages you…it doesn’t answer your questions specifically; it does offer a perspective that is eternal and that is where our focus must remain. Sending you all the love and care our Lord can supply,