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Every once in a while I like to remind myself of the story about the frog that fell in the bucket of cream and just kept churning his feet until  he the cream turned into butter and then he walked out of the bucket on fresh butter.

For most of us, life is like that. Nothing has been handed to us on a "silver platter." Life demands us to be persistent as we struggle through mazes and tangles of real life situations. A productive life demands from us a discipline. There just aren't any short cuts to a fruitful life. Proverbs 21:5,(NIV) states it like this; "The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty."

A true story is told of two children. The parents of the first child were quite incompatible with each other. The father was unemployed with no formal education. The mother was a teacher.

This child, born in Port Huron, Michigan, had an estimated IQ of 81. However, being on the charts as did not prepare him for social ability. He was extremely withdrawn and after three months of school he dropped out. The school officials considered him to be backward.

This child enrolled in school two years late due to scarlet fever and respiratory infections. Because of this illness, he was going deaf. His emotional health was very poor. This young boy was stubborn, aloof, and showed very little emotion. His grammar was poor. He liked to play with fire and burned down his father's barn. He showed a little manual dexterity. One interests that he did have was in mechanics. Also, he had a desire to be a scientist.

The second child did not show much promise either. She was born of an alcoholic father. As a child she was sickly and bedridden, and often hospitalized. She too was considered erratic and withdrawn She would bite her nails and had numerous phobias. Because of a spinal defect, she had to wear a back brace and would constantly seek attention.







She was a daydreamer and seemed to have no vocational goals. She did express a desire to help the poor and the elderly and those that were in economic depression. 

Who were these children unfortunate children? 

The boy from Port Huron became one of the world's greatest inventors--Thomas Edison. The awkward and sickly girl became a leader among the oppressed--Eleanor Roosevelt. These children would have been voted "unlikely to succeed." Most would have given up. However, they were like the little frog that fell in the bucket of cream. They just kept "flapping their feet" and landed on top.

"Show me a thoroughly satisfied man--and I will show you a failure"  --  Thomas Edison

Life was meant to be lived, and curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life."    --Eleanor Roosevelt

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