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Who Said Life is Fair?
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Think a Minute…”Who said life’s fair!” I heard my grandmother say that a thousand times if I heard it once; and there was a reason she said it often. When my grandmother was a little girl, one day her father just left her and her mother—and he never came back! So my grandmother fought that feeling of rejection and unfairness all her life. From an early age as a child she learned that life is not fair!

My guess is so did you. Hopefully you did not experience such a painful injustice as that. But as a child your father punished you for something you didn’t do; or a neighbor blamed you for something that was someone else’s fault. Maybe you had a teacher in school who really treated you unfairly. And now that you’re an adult, your boss is unfair. Laws seem to discriminate. Even your wife or husband may treat you unfairly, or accuse you unjustly. Who said life’s fair? Because it’s not!!

So what can you do to handle the unfairness of people and life? Once again there is a person who has an answer to our life’s toughest questions. Talk about unfairness: He is probably the number one victim of injustice in history! Even people who did not like this man admitted that he was the last person in the world who should be executed and killed as a criminal! If Jesus Christ was not a good and innocent man, no one is! So next time you and I think we are being treated unfairly, just tell Him about it. He knows exactly what you’re feeling and going through!

So how do you handle unfairness in life? With Jesus, you can handle whatever life and others do to you — since He has already cleared the way for you to follow. He’s “been there, done that.” And He gives His same power to anyone who will ask Him to take control of their life. His own inner strength and peace that does not let the unfairness of others keep you down.

You will also be strong and free enough to forgive those who hurt and treat you unfairly — just as He forgives you for the times you yourself have treated others wrongly. Jesus’ love and power is yours for the asking. So why not ask Him to forgive you and take charge of your heart every day? Then no matter how unfair people are to you, you will know that the One Who is in control of your life, will always be more than fair to you. Just think a minute…

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Boys to Men
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Think a minute… Some years ago a greeting card company decided to do something special for Mother’s Day. They set up a table in a men’s prison, so any prisoner who wanted could send a free card to his mother. So many prisoners came that the company had to order more cards. Since it was such a success, they decided to do the same thing on Father’s Day. But to their surprise, not one prisoner wanted to send a free card to his dad!

A well-known leader who had counseled thousands of male prisoners for 25 years said not one of them loved his father. So Dad, if you don’t spend much time with your son or show him much love, you just might be raising him to become a criminal.

In a South African National Park, the government started a program to reduce the number of elephants by killing the old ones. So almost all of the young male elephants grew up without fathers. And since they had no older male elephants to show them how to act as adults, the young males have become wild and out of control, even killing the other animals in the National Park. This happens not only in the animal kingdom, but also in the human family.

When a father is not there to spend time with his son, his son is left to figure out alone with no guidance or teaching, how a mature, responsible man acts and lives. Your son needs a father who not only gave him life, but teaches him how to live. As a wise counselor says: “It’s far easier to build strong boys than to repair broken men.”

It’s also been said: “Half of success is just showing up.” And Dad, half of your success as a father is showing up and being there with your son. The most valuable gift you can give your son is your time, because when he gets your time he gets you, which is what he really wants and needs. So spend more time than money on your son. Remember, if you’re not there to raise him, someone else will…and it’s usually not the right person! Maybe your father was not there to spend much time with you, or show you much love. Just ask Jesus to heal your past hurts and painful memories. It’s then, with His love and power, you can love and raise your boy to real manhood. Just think a minute…

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Your Little Voice
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Think a minute… A man named John bought a fancy new car loaded with modern technology. It included a recording of a voice that reminded him if he had forgotten to put on his seat belt, or warned him if he was running low on fuel. So on one of John’s road trips, the little voice began telling him he needed to stop and fill his tank with fuel. But John was sure he could go a little farther.

Every few minutes the voice told him again to stop for fuel. Finally, John became so irritated that he pulled over to the side of the road, found the wires to the voice recording, and yanked them out! He was finally relieved to have some peace and quiet. But shortly afterwards, his car came to a complete stop and he was stranded. Just as the little voice had warned him—he was out of gas!

Our Maker and Manufacturer gave us a factory-installed warning voice. It’s called our conscience. We might think sometimes that it is just a nag that tries to ruin our fun in life, or that it is plain wrong. But if we keep ignoring our little voice, it becomes easier and easier to block out until eventually it will stop working altogether.

Like the guy who was trying to decide the right thing to do, so he asked his friend for advice. His friend said: “You’ve got to follow your conscience. Just listen to the little man inside you.” The guy answered: “That doesn’t work for me. My little man is an idiot!”

The fact is our feelings and conscience are not always a good guide to tell us what is right and wrong, because in one way or another we all have damaged and confused our conscience. We convince ourselves that certain wrong things are OK so we won’t feel guilty about doing them. Like the song that says: “How can this love be so wrong if it feels so right? If lovin’ you is wrong, I don’t wanna be right!” But our confused thinking and feelings cannot change the fact that these things we are doing are wrong and sinful, completely separating us from our perfectly pure, good God.

It is clear that we all have chosen to go our own way in life and gotten lost. So we need to come home to our Maker who knows the only right road in life. Today, won’t you ask Jesus to forgive you, and to become your life’s Leader and Lord from this day forward? Only He can repair and reprogram your little voice, and show you the right and best way to live. He will even give you the power you need each day to fully live it. Just think a minute…

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Chance or Choice
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Think a minute… There was a man who owned the only hair salon in his little town. He cut and styled the hair of almost everybody, so his small business was very successful. Then one day a big modern hair salon moved to town right across the street from his little shop. This new, big salon advertised in the newspapers and posted signs everywhere that read: “$6 haircuts! Everything for ONLY $6!”

Soon almost all of his customers began going to the new salon across the street for $6 haircuts. He knew he could never afford to beat this big salon’s price of only $6. But then he thought of a way to turn things around and win his customers back. He put up a big sign in front of his hair salon which read: “We FIX $6 haircuts!”

We all face challenges and tough times, but it is those of us who manage our difficulties positively and wisely who end up succeeding in life. It’s not luck that controls your life! It’s your own choices that make you and your family happy, successful and peaceful. Remember: “Things turn out best for people who make the best of the way things turn out.” No matter what happens these people keep going, because sooner or later “tough people win over tough times.” So “When the stormy sea is raging, it is no time to jump ship.”

Difficult situations can actually make us a better, deeper person—just like the opposing wind makes the tree grow stronger, deeper roots. As one guy said after he went through a hard and painful time: “I learned lessons I didn’t know I needed to learn.” To his benefit, he chose to have a humble, teachable heart willing to learn those lessons. Remember, the same heat that melts butter hardens clay. The difference is their response.

How do you respond? How do you handle the heat of problems, pressures and pain in your life? No matter which way the ball bounces, it’s still your game—if you choose to stay in the game. Today, if you will ask Jesus to take full charge of your heart and life, He can start working everything, including your difficulties and disappointments, together for your good and lasting happiness. Won’t you choose to start living His way every day? You’ve got nothing to lose and absolutely everything to gain! Just think a minute…

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Open-Door Policy
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Think a minute… This is a true story about a 19-year-old girl who rebelled against her parents and ran away from home. Soon she found out that life was not easy on her own. She could not find a job, and her friends grew tired of her living off them so they kicked her out. She finally became so desperate she started making money by working on the street as a prostitute.

Years passed. Her father died. Her mother grew older. All the while the daughter’s life grew even worse. But she still would not write or go home to see her mother. One day the mother heard that her daughter had been seen in a certain part of town, so she went looking for her. The mother went to every cheap hotel asking to put a picture on their walls. It was a picture of herself, now an old, gray-haired mother. Beside her picture she wrote: “I still love you! Please come home!”

Months went by and nothing happened. Then one day the daughter, who was now extremely skinny and sick, could not believe her eyes when she saw her mother’s picture on the wall of that dirty, cheap hotel! As she read her mother’s message to her she began to cry.

That night she started walking the many miles back to her home. It was early in the morning when she finally arrived at her mother’s house and knocked on the door. To her surprise, the door was open! Afraid that someone had broken into the house, she ran inside and woke up her sleeping mother to tell her she had finally come home. Mother and daughter cried as they hugged each other. The daughter said: “I thought someone had broken the door open!” The mother shook her head and said: “My dear, since the day you left, that door has always been open.”

Remember, it does not matter what wrong things we have done or how badly we have lived, our heavenly Father’s door is always open—for us to come home. Even though we have rebelled against Him and chosen not to live His way, the moment you decide to ask His forgiveness, Jesus will forgive and accept you just the way you are. That is when He can help you start a new life—but this time daily living His right, true way in a loving relationship with Him. Today He wants you to know He’s waiting… and His door is still open. Just think a minute…

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