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The Word for Today

by Bob and Debby Gass

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‘Encourage [motivate] one another.’ Hebrews 3:13 CEV

Leslie was born with physical and mental challenges so severe that doctors had to remove his eyes. When he was six months old, a nurse named May Lemke, who was raising five children of her own, adopted him and asked God to give him some kind of talent. When Leslie was thirteen, May bought a used piano and played some simple songs, hoping he’d respond. No expression… nothing. She continued trying to motivate her adopted son to engage in life. Then when he was sixteen, he pulled himself up to the piano, and without ever having touched a keyboard before, played a Tchaikovsky piano concerto. It was flawless, and May soon discovered that Leslie could play anything he heard. Then out of the blue one day, he started singing, and that led to his playing and singing at concerts all over the country. All this came about because a mother facing incredible odds became a tireless motivator! In the movie Seabiscuit one of the main characters, Tom Smith, was asked why he kept a lame, ageing horse. He replied, ‘You don’t throw away a whole life just because he’s banged up a little!’ That old horse ended up leading a younger horse to a spectacular racing career. Thank God for motivators who make the difference between a trip to the glue factory and winning a blue ribbon! Paul says, ‘Encourage [motivate] one another.’ Somebody said, ‘Dreams always come a size too big so we can grow into them.’ Motivators help you to dream big, then help you grow in order to fulfil your dream. People can run a long way on just a little encouragement. So become a motivator.

SoulFood: Josh 8:30-10:43; Luke 19:28-40; Ps 103:13-22; Pro 23:1-3

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2014

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