logo

← Previous Week  Week 78  Next Week →

There are five days of Think a Minute resources on this page, one for each day of the work week. Click the link for the Audio Player to play the file. You may view the transcript of the audio file while you listen by clicking on the Audio Transcript button. Finally you may download the audio file and script for each day by clicking on the button in the Download tab.

Click the panel for the day you wish to listen to.
Click another panel to close the first.

Day 1: Success Is Mostly Failure
Audio Player
Audio Script
Download

Think a minute . . . A wise, respected man said: “Success is mostly failing.” What we often do not know about the world’s most successful people is how many times they failed before they finally succeeded. Successful people never stop learning from their mistakes and failures. As a world-famous entertainer put it: “If you want the rainbow, you have to put up with the rain.”

This is the true story of a man who when he was 22-years-old failed at business. The next year he tried for public office in government and lost, so he tried at business a second time, but failed again. Then at age 25 he made yet another attempt for government office, and this time he won. However, the following year his fiancé died and at age 27 he had a nervous breakdown.

In the next seven years he tried for government office three more times and lost all three times! Three years later, at age 37, he tried again for government office and finally won. But only two years after that he lost yet another time. In the next 10 years, amazingly he tried two more times for the United States Senate and lost both times. Then he even tried for vice president and lost that too. Finally, two years later, at age 51, he was elected President of the United States. Today, he is considered by many to be the greatest president in America’s history. This is the true life story of Abraham Lincoln.

Failing should make us better, not bitter. It helps us learn something that does not work, so the next time we try we are much smarter! When you fail and make mistakes, you need the inner strength and courage to keep going so your life’s disappointments don’t make you stop short of becoming all you can be. Only Jesus can help you use your failures and disappointments to make you much stronger and wiser to reach the true success He created you to have—both personally and professionally. Won’t you ask Him to take full charge of your character and career from this day forward? Just think a minute . . .

Click to download today's Audio and Script resources.

Day 2: The Sounds of Silence
Audio Player
Audio Script
Download

Think a minute . . . ”People would be happier if they were as good at silence as they are at speaking.” Studies have shown that constant noise is one of the biggest causes of our daily stress. “Silence is golden because there is so little of it.” Many of us don’t even realize how noisy our daily life is, and how it is robbing our peace of mind, family harmony, and health.

The problem is we have become so accustomed, even addicted, to continually hearing some kind of noise—whether it’s talking, news, music, television, the telephone, videos, and other sounds. In fact, many of us simply are not comfortable with silence. Even when we go away on holiday to relax, we still take our smart phone, iPad, laptop, or we watch TV in the hotel room. As someone said: “People today are in such a hurry that we hate to miss one panel of a revolving door.”

Sadly, we lose some of the best things in life because they are found only in the “sound of silence.” In silence we can think of what we need to improve and change in our life, our family, our job and career, and our own personal character. Silence helps us think clearly so we can set goals and understand our life’s purpose. Yet silence can also give us time and freedom not to think at all, but enjoy life’s simple pleasures—like the waves of the ocean, the color and fragrance of flowers, a gentle breeze, or a beautiful sunset. It’s in these peaceful, powerful moments of silence that we can appreciate our beautiful world and begin to understand where we fit in it.

It’s only when we are quiet that we can begin to clearly hear and understand the feelings of those we love and care about. Most importantly, it is in our silence that we can begin to hear the voice of our Maker. He keeps waiting for us to be quiet long enough to listen, so we can start receiving His peace of mind and learn to live the right way He created us to enjoy each day of our life. So today, won’t you stop and listen to what He wants to say to you through “the sound of silence?” Just think a minute . . .

Click to download today's Audio and Script resources.

Day 4: The Best Policy
Audio Player
Audio Script
Download

Think a minute . . . A survey was given to thousands of people: 91% said they regularly tell lies and 50% call in to their jobs saying they are sick when they’re not. In fact, over half of all stealing from stores and businesses is done by their own employees. One survey question was: “What are you willing to do for $10 million?” 25% of the people said they would leave their spouse and children, and 7% said they would murder a stranger for $10 million. So in a crowd of 1000 people, there are 70 people who would kill you for $10 million. Think about it!

I asked myself: How much like those average people am I? Have I lied to my family or friends? Stolen from my workplace? Have I cheated in school or on my taxes? Broken any of my promises? If I was guaranteed I could get away with anything I wanted, what would I do?

A famous writer said: “Honesty is like art: you have to draw the line somewhere.” The problem is who draws the line? Do I decide to draw it myself wherever I want? Does the line change with each situation I’m in? Unfortunately, lying, cheating, even stealing, come rather naturally to us. We do whatever it takes to survive and succeed, because we believe the lie that this is the only way to get ahead. That is how confused and wrong we have become. “Honesty is the best policy—but sadly there are few policyholders.”

We think it’s just a small white lie or cheap thing that we stole; but soon being dishonest becomes our way of doing things. Yet no matter how much money and status we gain, we end up the biggest loser. That is why “Total honesty in little things is a really big thing.”

Don’t forget, sooner or later every one of us is going to pay for our dishonesty in life. It is impossible to escape! Except for one way. The only way to be set free from the painful penalty of your wrongs is to wholeheartedly ask Jesus to forgive you for your dishonest heart and way of living. Then, He can help you start changing to become the person of honesty, integrity and truthful character He created you to be. Just think a minute . . .

Click to download today's Audio and Script resources.

Day 5: Favorite Child
Audio Player
Audio Script
Download

Think a minute . . . Throughout history the hopes of a family often depended on the son. Parents and daughters would sacrifice to help the son succeed. Nearly 200 years ago a family in Yorkshire, England had three daughters and only one son, Branwell.

Branwell was considered the family’s smartest child. At a young age he showed amazing talent for art and literature. His drawings and paintings, along with his poetry and other writings, promised him and his family a bright future.

For years, Branwell’s three sisters worked and saved money to help their brother get the education and job experiences he needed to reach his great potential. But repeatedly, Branwell wasted the opportunities that his sisters worked so hard to give him. Even when their brother became a drug addict and alcoholic, his sisters still continued working to help him succeed. Sadly, to this day Branwell’s paintings and writings remain unknown. It appeared that his sisters’ many years of labor and devotion to their brother’s dreams were wasted.

But during all those years, while they were working to financially support their brother, in their spare time at night by candlelight, his sisters themselves tried to do their own writing and live up to their brother’s ability. But unlike their brother, they succeeded! In fact, all three sisters wrote famous books. Anne wrote the novel, Agnes Gray; Emily was the author of the classic, Wuthering Heights; and Charlotte wrote the famous Jane Eyre. Anne, Emily, and Charlotte Bronte.

It is terribly wrong and destructive when parents have a favorite child. But thankfully and amazingly, every one of God’s children is His favorite! That is the kind of perfect, unlimited love God has for His kids. He always loves each of His children fully and equally.

Won’t you ask the perfect Father to become your father? Today you can become His child—if you sincerely ask Him to forgive you for your wrong heart and living? Then ask Him to take full charge of your character and way of living each and every day for the rest of your life. That is the only way you can have the awesome privilege, peace, and joy of being His favorite child. Just think a minute . . .

Click to download today's Audio and Script resources.