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Day 1: A Work in Progress
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Think a minute… Michael Jordan is considered by most to be the greatest basketball player ever. His coach, Phil Jackson, said he knew he could not teach Jordan anything more on actual playing skills, but Jackson could help Jordan improve his leadership skills. So Jackson began teaching Jordan to lead and help his teammates become their best also. And it worked! Their team, the Chicago Bulls, became one of the most successful basketball teams in history.

Great artists become great because they spend years improving their abilities. Centuries ago a young Greek artist named Timanthes studied under a master teacher. After several years of daily labor, young Timanthes painted a beautiful work of art. He was so pleased with his painting that he spent days looking at it.

One morning he arrived to find his prized work totally wiped away with paint. Timanthes was shocked when his teacher admitted he had destroyed the painting. His teacher said: “I did it for your own good and future success. That painting was stopping your progress. You need to start a new painting and try to do better.” Fortunately Timanthes took his teacher’s advice, and went on to paint what today is regarded as one of the greatest paintings from that era of history: the Sacrifice of Iphigenia.

Before today’s world-famous cellist Yo Yo Ma, was the legendary musician Pablo Casals. He was celebrating his 95th birthday when a reporter asked him: “Mr. Casals, you are 95-years-old and the greatest cellist who ever lived. Why do you still practice 6 hours a day?” Casals answered, “Because I am still improving.”

The exciting, best way to live and not become bored is to keep learning throughout your lifetime. You are always “a work in progress.” A wise man said: “No one can be truly happy and feel good about himself if he only does enough to survive. Animals are satisfied with simply surviving, not human beings.” There is always room for improvement. But it is completely up to us whether or not we choose to continue improving our heart, character, relationships, mind and career.

It is only with God in control that your possibilities are unlimited. If you will put your heart and life in His hands, Jesus can help you with His power each day to keep improving every area of your life, so you can become all that He created you to be. Just think a minute…

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Day 2: Bouncing Back
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Think a minute… Early in life I learned that I do not always get what I want. It is a fact of life that disappointing and bad things happen to all of us. But if we learn how to use painful experiences, they will make us stronger, wiser and better prepared to move on to a life of true success and satisfaction. Here are some ways to help you bounce back from disappointment.

Number one, stay physically active. Take a 30-minute walk or run. Swim, bike, play golf, tennis or a sport you enjoy.

Second, after your bad break, take a break. After a disappointment, be nice to yourself. Relax by doing what you most enjoy, whether it is listening to music, shopping, fishing, golf, or even taking a short holiday.

Third, laugh. Laughing releases endorphins, which are our body’s natural pain killers. Spend time with fun people you enjoy. No doubt your friends have suffered setbacks too, so they can encourage you. At the very least, laugh together at your mistakes. Learn to see the humor in life and not take yourself too seriously.

Number four, do something new or creative. A professional counselor says: “Feelings are energy, and energy needs to be used for something, so use your energy to be creative.” Sing, play a musical instrument, plant a garden, do some kind of art and handcrafts, or learn to do something completely new. This can give you fresh perspective, motivation and confidence to move on with your life.

Fifth, help others. The fact that we receive more happiness from making others happy is a law of life that never fails. “When you get wrapped up in yourself you become a small package.” So be part of something larger than yourself. No matter how down and discouraged you feel, there is always someone who needs your help.

Number six, keep a clear, accurate perspective. Don’t forget your strengths and past accomplishments. See each disappointment only as a single event, not a link in a long chain of failures. Do not let that one disappointment color your view of your entire life. Just because you may have failed at that one thing does not mean you are a failure!

Seven, look for the lesson to learn so you do not repeat the same mistake. Now you simply know better how to succeed.

Finally, know that God is on your side if, you trust Him and put your life in His hands by living His way daily. Only He can make all your losses and disappointments work together for your life’s true and lasting satisfaction and purpose. Just think a minute…

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Day 3: Like Father, Like Son (Part 1)
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Think a minute...Not long ago a famous movie star and his son were put in jail for doing illegal drugs together. Being busted for drugs together is quite a tragic father-son bonding activity! But proves yet once again: “Like father, like son.” Ask yourself: “Do I want my son to be like me?”

Our sons learn to follow our example both by our words and by our ways. The things that we tell our children are important will become the things that are important to them.

Walter Reuther, the labor leader of the United Auto Workers in the U.S., was deeply influenced by his father who was a union organizer. Reuther’s father taught his sons at home how to debate major issues. Their father said: “It was no accident that three of my sons became leaders of labor unions.”

However, we fathers teach our sons far more by our daily ways of living than by our words. Our son watches, listens and learns from the way we work, the way we play, and the way we treat people every day. “Actions speak louder than words,” so our sons learn mostly from our daily example. “More is caught than taught.” Someone said: “Till a boy is 15 he does what his father says; after that, he does what his father does.”

A young man told his father: “When I was young I usually did not listen when you were telling me about right and wrong. But what influenced me most was watching you every day. I imitated what you were, not what you said.”

A major study was done of wealthy families with teenage sons in trouble with the law. Though the fathers told their sons to be honest, hardworking and respectful of others, those same fathers would cheat, lie, and make dishonest business deals. No wonder their sons were in trouble with the law! They followed their dad’s bad example and ways, not his words and speeches.

So Dad, ask yourself: “What is there about me I do not want my son to copy? Do I have character worth copying?” Won’t you ask Jesus right now to forgive you for not living the way you know you should, and to help you start changing, so you can begin to truly walk your talk? That is the only way to get a confident and clear conscience, so you will want your son to be like you. Just think a minute…

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Day 4: Like Father, Like Son (Part 2)
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Think a minute...A man was driving his car with his son when he was stopped by a policeman and given a ticket for speeding. The father was angry all the way home, talking about how he was going to get his friend at the police department to “fix” it so he would not have to pay. Then, he was going to get revenge by making trouble for the policeman who gave him the ticket!

Later, the father realized what a bad example he had been to his son, so he told his son he had said things in anger that he should not have. He then took his son with him to court, admitted he was guilty, and paid the penalty. Your kids will walk as you walk, not as you talk. They follow your ways of living much more than your words about living.

On a Saturday night, a car went off the road killing the young man driving and seriously injuring his 17-year-old girlfriend. When the girl’s parents got to the hospital, they learned that their daughter and her boyfriend had been drinking. The father left the hospital extremely angry saying, “Wait till I find the person that sold my daughter that whiskey!” When he returned home he saw a note on his liquor cabinet from his daughter: “Dear Dad, I took your whiskey tonight. Hope you don’t mind?”

There’s nothing more important in your life than teaching your child by your right example. A young boy was asked on a questionnaire if he was a Christian and he answered: “I’m not a Christian because my father is not a Christian, and I’m the same thing as him.” Dad, you have the awesome honor and responsibility to show your son how to live the way his Maker created him to live. But you cannot show him Jesus’ way if you are not living that way yourself. Today, you can ask Him to forgive you for living your own, wrong way, and to take full charge of your heart and character. Then you can start showing your son God’s way every day, both with your words and your ways. Just think a minute…

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Day 5: Read the Signs
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Think a minute...Years ago on the night of 14 April, the ship named Californian had come within 1500 miles of its destination of Boston Harbor in the U.S. It was midnight and Second Officer Herbert Stone reported for his watch. He found his apprentice looking through binoculars at another ship in the dark distance. He could see some lights, so Stone told the apprentice to try to communicate using the Morse Code light. But the other ship did not answer.

Then five more white flashes came from the other ship, followed by another four white flashes, so Stone called his captain. The captain ordered more light signals to be sent, but still no answer came. They noticed the other ship’s cabin lights were disappearing, so it appeared to be sailing away. At 1:40 AM Stone saw the eighth and last white flash in the night sky.

It was not until 4 AM that they learned the truth about the other ship. Second Officer Stone and his captain had not understood that the lights and flashes from the other ship were alarm signals. That night of 14 April, the Californian had stopped in the middle of the ocean since there was a dangerous field of ice in the water. It was while they were stopped and waiting that they saw the lights from the other ship in the distance.

The other ship had sent those light flares as distress signals, and the Californian that was only nine miles away would have rushed to help save it except for one thing. The other ship had been sending distress signals both by lights and radio, but the Californian’s new young radio operator was sleeping. So that night, Second Officer Stone and his captain did not know the light flashes were desperate calls for help from the sinking Titanic.

Jesus Himself said that by far the greatest tragedy is to watch yourself and the people you love sink into eternity, separated from God and lost forever in the worst pain, evil and agony there is. Jesus’ words! The question is: Will you read and follow the signs to safety? He has made them so clear and easy to understand that we have no excuse. Once and for all, you can ask Him to forgive you for your wrong heart and sinful living? Then ask Him to take full charge and start changing your daily way of life. Jesus said it is the one and only way you can have total security that if your ship goes down tonight, you are fully ready to face your Maker, Judge and Savior. Just think a minute…

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