Think a minute…Former Prime Minister of England, Winston Churchill, became so famous for his speeches that he’s been called the greatest speaker of the century. He was also famous for his quick wit. Yet amazingly, he was not a naturally talented speaker. In fact, earlier in Churchill’s life he had such a bad speech problem that people made fun of the way he talked.
Do you know how Churchill changed to become the greatest speaker of the 20th century? He studied and wrote his speeches word-for-word on paper, and then he practiced them countless hours in front of a mirror. He worked at saying each word just the right way with just the right facial expressions. He also practiced pausing and pretending to struggle to find the right word, even though he knew exactly what he was going to say! So although Winston Churchill was not a naturally good speaker, he disciplined himself and worked hard to become a great one!
You and I can never succeed in life without discipline and hard work. It takes sweat to succeed in our job and career, in school, in sports, in our marriage and family. Even if you’re born into a rich family, or with an intelligent mind and strong body, you still have to work hard to reach your full potential and truly succeed.
Most importantly, it takes work and discipline to develop the character we were born to have and enjoy. We must discipline and change our wrong attitudes, thinking, and way of living everyday. It’s not natural or easy for us to quickly forgive someone who hurts us or our family. It’s not natural or easy to always be honest no matter how much we can get away with or how much it costs us. But you can start by asking Jesus Christ to forgive you for living your own way; and then ask Him to take full charge of your heart and character. It’s only with Jesus’ character and power in you that you can start changing to become the best person you can be. Just Think a Minute…