Give Me That Mountain

Celebrity

Day one....

Where would you go to find a large group of the most talented and disciplined people on the face of the earth? How about Olympic Village in London, during the 2012 Games? Gathered together in one spot were more than 10,000 of the world's most talented people. But these people didn't rely on just talent; they pushed themselves even beyond their natural ability with a self‐discipline most of us can only dream of.

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Day two...

As soon as I was old enough, Dad signed me up for the Sarcoxie Lazy Bones little league team. They must have been short on players because there was no tryout (probably the only reason I made the team). My first game I was put in right field—terrified someone would hit a ball my direction. On my first at bat I struck out; by the time I could take a swing I'm certain the ball was already on its way back to the pitcher. On my second at bat I was hit by a pitch. On my third at bat I was hit by a pitch. Dad never let me quit anything midway through, but in this case he made an exception.

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Day three...

A few years back Sherrel and I met an exceptional young couple. I was so impressed with their talent that I could easily see them as superstars for God. But as we began to develop a friendship, all the stuff coming against them began to surface. We counseled them intensely for a few months, but eventually they distanced themselves from us. I found out a few months ago they had divorced.

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Day four...

If I want to be a part of a team of motivational speakers—on a national or international level—I have to have some real talent. I have to have some major human accomplishments—gold medals, best‐selling books, profitable business ventures. Ideally, I will have overcome uncommon difficulties and achieved uncommon success.

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Day five...

My first exposure to celebrity was probably on the playground at my rural elementary school. I remember sitting, along with some of my classmates, against the fence behind home plate. I would push back hard against the wire as I felt the air from the baseball bat being swung back and forth in front of my face.

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Day six...

As I'm eating lunch at my desk, a co‐worker walks up and tells me, “I have so many problems I just don't much feel like living.” After listening to his troubles I tell him, “You need to talk to a preacher. Do you have one? If you don't, I can see if my pastor will meet with you.”

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