Think a minute…A university student named Julie Beasely was shot 2 times with a high powered rifle. The doctors gave her only a 5% chance of surviving. They told her family that if by some miracle Julie lived, she would never walk again. Just a couple of years later, Julie Beasely graduated with honors from university. And to the amazement of everybody on the day of her graduation, Julie stood up and walked across the stage to receive her degree.
It’s true that work and perseverance always pays off. Our problem is that we want a quick and easy answer. But life just doesn’t work that way. A wise man said: “Patience and perseverance may be bitter, but its final fruit is sweet.” Larry Bird is considered one of the greatest basketball players in history. He says: “If you keep doing your best every day, good things are going to happen to you.” We often think of great artists and musicians as being brilliant geniuses who just naturally and easily perform, without effort or practice. But the truth is that most of them simply kept working hard every day until they finally produced their masterpieces.
Michelangelo’s painting called Last Judgment is one of the 12 greatest paintings in all of history. It took him 8 years to paint, and more than 2,000 drawings to finally get it right. Leonardo da Vinci took 10 years to do his famous painting, The Last Supper. In fact, many days he worked nonstop and even forgot to eat. When the great piano player, Paderewski, was a very old man, he still practiced piano 6 hours a day or more! Someone said to him, “You must have so much patience.” Paderewski answered: “I don’t have any more patience than other people. It’s just that I use mine.” For almost 50 years, Paul Harvey was the most listened to radio speaker in America. He said that every program he wrote was edited and rewritten, word-for-word, 50 times! Someone said: “Winners are simply people who are willing to work more than losers.”
Why not ask Jesus Christ to start changing your way of living and working? He’ll help you to be more patient and disciplined, so that everyday you will persevere and work to make His plan for success work for you. Just Think a Minute…