Wednesday, August 27, 2014

No Complaining or Whining from the Wright’s…

Patsy Wright Burk's first lesson on not complaining or whining unnecessarily came at age 5 when her daddy left for World War II and was stationed overseas on a battleship. During that time her mother, Ruth, worked in a factory. On cold days before going to work, she would go to the basement and shovel coal into the stoker so they would have a warm house. This had to be hard work, but with no complaining or whining, the job was finished faster.

Ruth would say “You just have to do what you have to do”.

Many years later, Randy Calhoun and the whole Lighting and Lamp team work together consistently to learn all they can to provide their clients with the newest technology available. They enjoy learning, attending training and searching for the best prices and new ideas to share with their customers and friends.

Each person has strengths and contributions, and there is so much to learn to keep up with technology. Lighting & Lamp has progressed into many different areas over the years, and there is still is no room for complaining. It is much more productive to stay positive and enjoy meeting clients. What a pleasant feeling to complete a home theater, knowing the enjoyment a family will receive from their work and knowledge, all the while with a positive attitude. So much more is accomplished with a joyful heart.

Philippians2:14 ~ Do all things without murmurings and disputing.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Perseverance with a Dream

There is a story of Charles Wright going to a drug store to share the idea of selling flashcubes. For those of you who do not remember them, these were small square cubes that snapped onto the top of a camera and would “flash” if you needed more light. There were four flashes per cube. The druggist told Charles he had never had anyone ask for flashcubes. Charles’ reply was “have you ever had anyone ask for a hair cut?” The druggist looking very confused answered no. Charles replied “put a barber’s chair in here and I believe you would.” With that, the druggist allowed Charles to install a rack and stock it with flashcubes. Shortly afterwards on Christmas Eve, the druggist called Charles saying he needed more flashcubes. Of course, Charles left his family dinner to service his customer.

When Mother and Daddy knew they were doing something God wanted them to do, they stayed focused and did not allow obstacles to become stumbling blocks. Never giving up, because they knew God would give them the strength and wisdom to keep on keeping on. ~ Patsy Wright Burks

What a long way Lighting and Lamp has come. It began with flashcubes for cameras that do not even exist anymore to installing and maintaining commercial lights at familiar places such as Chick-Fil-A and Raceway today. Diligence continues to be a main focus. Through it all, perseverance has prevailed through three generations, beginning with Charles and Ruth, to their daughter Patsy Burks and now to her son Randy Calhoun, who currently strives to gain knowledge everyday to improve customer satisfaction in Pelham, AL and surrounding areas.

James 1:2-4 ~ "Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything."

We do not need to pretend to be happy during our difficult times but have a positive attitude knowing God is in control. These times can teach us not to give up.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

And there was (and still is!) Faith…

In 1951, Charles and Ruth were about to make a big adjustment, following God’s will. When Charles took the job with Associated Grocers (AG), his first responsibility was selling the grocery industry on the idea to even have light bulbs since this had never been done in the Birmingham area. The initial agreement was that AG would purchase and store the light bulbs, thus Vulcan Sales Company, a subsidiary of AG Warehouse was created.

Patsy remembers that her mother, daddy, the Good Lord and Sylvania decided Charles could do this apart from Associated Grocers. After much prayer, and a leap of faith, he purchased the inventory and truck from AG for $15,000. As the inventory was depleted he had to place an order with Sylvania. This account was set up as Charles R. Wright dba Vulcan Sales Co. with a credit allowance of only $1,000 each month.

What a large amount of money for that day and time! They knew God had to take care of them, and the business. Ruth always gave God all the credit for all success through the years. Instead of using words like “good luck”, she would say “I am so blessed by God.”

This same faith has always, and continues to carry the family, as well as Lighting and Lamp, through to current day. Randy, now the third generation, is keeping up with the times with the Audio/Video Division. He has seen the increasing need for technology, and has that original faith that was instilled by his grandparents and mother.

Hebrews11:1 ~ "Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see."

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

What is “Lighting and Lamp”?

Charles Wright began selling lamps (light bulbs) to small neighborhood grocery stores in the Birmingham area in 1951. At the time, “lamps” were not sold in grocery stores. Charles was offered a distributorship if he would purchase and sell $10,000 in light bulbs. At the end of his first year, he had purchased $100,000 worth! This is only one of many examples of the faith the Wright’s had. Charles and Ruth were always quick to give God the credit.

“Sylvania was looking for someone in the Birmingham area to sell and supply lamps (light bulbs) to grocery stores. H.R. McClellan, District Manager for Sylvania, contacted the warehouse manager of Associated Grocers (AG) to see if they would be interested in the Sylvania lamp rack jobber operation. AG immediately began looking for a salesman by contacting the President and Secretary of their grocery association. Both of these men had grocery stores on Charles’ route and without hesitation they both recommended Charles ‘Shorty’ Wright.” ~ Patsy Wright Burks

Today, we think of lamps as being decorative holders for light bulbs. Lamps actually were the light bulbs at the time Charles and Ruth began their adventure.

While searching the definition of “lamp”, several things pop out. The meanings of the words listed below associated with lamp are not coincidental with Charles and Ruth beginning this venture, totally relying on their faith in God to provide for them and show them the way. These words that are related to that little four letter word “lamp” are powerful:
  • Beacon –a light or other visible object serving as a signal, warning or guide
  • Light – The natural agent that stimulates sight and makes things visible
  • Lighthouse – a tower or structure containing a beacon of light to warn or guide ships
  • Guidepost – a post, usually mounted on the roadside or at the intersection of two or more roads, bearing a sign for the guidance of travelers

When the Trussville store was opened in 1989, the pastor gave the scripture:

Psalm 119:105 ~ "Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path."

Charles was on a ship in WWII, surely light guided their ship many times. When we are in the dark, we need a light so that we may not stumble and fall. In this life we will walk through darkness of evil. We need to use the Bible as our light to show us the way so that we will not stumble or fall.