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The Voice of Treason

Posted by Craig Huntington
Craig Huntington
Craig Huntington received his Bachelor of Science degree in business from Oregon
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on Monday, 09 January 2012 in Blog

At the age of eight, Dave Andrus was diagnosed with Coats’ Disease. A very rare, congenital, nonhereditary eye disorder, Coats’ is characterized by the abnormal development of blood vessels behind the retina. In Andrus’ case, he was blind by the time he was 11.

Rather than placing their son in a school for the blind, the Andrus family decided to keep Dave in the public school system. He thrived, using humor to gain acceptance among classmates. Eventually, Andrus enrolled at Concordia College in St. Paul, MN, where with the help of a caring professor, he learned Hebrew and Greek in Braille.


Upon graduation from Concordia College, Andrus was accepted at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, where he planned to study to become a minister. Once there, Andrus was told by a number of people, including clergy, that blind people should not become pastors. Again, Andrus dismissed conventional wisdom and simply refused to take no for an answer.

A few years later Andrus became an associate pastor with a church in Overland, Missouri where he served for 13 years and helped with blind missions work. Today, Pastor Andrus is the Director of Lutheran Blind Mission, in St. Louis, Missouri. As the mission’s representative, Pastor Andrus speaks to numerous congregations. Remarkably, he makes his way to church lecterns to speak and contributes in other ways to the church services – with no assistance, having memorized the direction and number of paces required to reach specific areas around the altar.

Pastor Andrus is the perfect example of an individual who not only confronts the Voice of Treason. He has mastered it.

What is the Voice of Treason? It’s that voice in your head saying, “Buddy, you’re no good.” We’ve all heard it. We all have those negative vibes trying to drag us down. It’s human nature.

Whenever I speak in public on such subjects as communication or leadership or strategic planning, I’ll ask my audience to raise their hands if they’ve ever heard that voice in their heads that’s telling them, “You can’t do it,” or “You’ll screw it up if you try,” or “You’re going to fall flat on your face and look silly, so forget it.” Most everyone knows what I’m talking about, and almost everyone raises his or her hand. For those who don’t, I say, “You know that voice in your head that’s insisting you don’t raise your hand”… that’s the voice I’m talking about.”

We all have that voice.

Here’s something to remember. The Voice of Treason doesn’t play fair; the Voice of Treason plays upon your fears, and there’s not a person alive without some fears. Fear is an instinct. It’s a good thing when it comes to our survival, but not such a good thing when you’re trying to follow a dream or take a risk. Our biggest challenge is often distinguishing between fear and feeling, fear and fact, fear and reality.

Defeating the Voice of Treason is a continuous process. We have to battle with that negative voice almost every day. It’s part of life. Get up, put on the gloves, and give the Voice of Treason a left hook even before you turn on the coffee.

And the good news is, the more often you put the Voice of Treason in his or her place, the less often the voice jumps up to bite you.

Keep this in mind as you work toward your 2012 goals.

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