This is a message that could change the course of our lives. It should be shared with young children, youth, young adult and adults. It should be told in Sunday worship,Sunday school, put in the church bulletins, on billboards, etc. It is a profound message to all that would grasp its meaning in its totality.
According to Chicken Soup for the Soul, several years ago an important speaker address the student body of a small college in South Carolina.
The auditorium was filled with students excited about the opportunity to hear a person of her stature speak.
After the governor gave the introduction, the speaker moved to the microphone, looked at the audience from left to right, and began: "I was born to a mother who was deaf and could not speak. I do not know who my father is or was. The first job I ever had was in a cotton field."
The audience was spellbound. "Nothing has to remain the way it is if that's not the way a person wants it to be," she continued. "It isn't luck, and it isn't circumstances, and it isn't being born a certain way that causes a person's future to become what it becomes."
And she softly repeated, "Nothing has to remain the way it is if that's not the way a person wants it to be. "All a person has to do," she added in a firm voice, "to change a situation that brings unhappiness or dissatisfaction is answer the question: "How do I want this situation to become?" Then the person must commit totally to personal actions that carry them there."
Then a beautiful smile shone forth as she said, "My name is Azie Taylor Morton. I stand before you today as treasurer of the United States of America."