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.

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