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Lou Gehrig was such a clumsy ball player that the boys in his neighborhood would not let him play on their team. But he was committed. He did not give up. Eventually, his name was entered into baseball’s Hall of Fame.



Woodrow Wilson could not read until he was ten years old. But he was a committed person. He became the twenty-eighth President of the United States.



Plato wrote the first sentence of his famous Republic nine different ways before he was satisfied. Cicero practiced speaking before friends every day for thirty years to perfect his elocution.



Noah Webster labored 36 years writing his dictionary, crossing the Atlantic twice to gather material.


The seventeenth-century poet John Milton rose at 4:00 am every day in order to have enough hours for his Paradise Lost.


The English historian Edward Gibbon spent 26 years on his Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. Bryant rewrote one of his poetic masterpieces 99 times before publication, and it became a classic.


Do you apply that kind of discipline to the Christian life?

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