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When Lou Gehrig was starting his baseball career, he went into a slump and grew so discouraged he considered quitting. After several bad games, he doubted his talent and ability, and his spirits collapsed. Paul Krichell, who had scouted Gehrig and was his friend, heard that Lou was slumping, so he took a train to Hartford, Connecticut, and invited Lou to join him for a steak dinner at the Bond Hotel.

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Lou poured out his frustrations, and Paul could see that the player’s confidence was shot. Paul spent the evening telling Lou that all hitters go through slumps, that the best ones—even Ty Cobb—fail to get hits six or seven out of every ten tries. But eventually good hitters start hitting again, and, said Paul, you’re a good hitter. After dinner, Gehrig walked with Paul to the train station and thanked him for coming.

The next day, Lou started blasting the ball again, and over the next eleven games he came through with twenty-two hits, including six home runs—and his career took off. “I decided not to quit after all,” he said. Gehrig became known as the “Iron Horse,” playing in 2,130 consecutive games, batting an incredible .340 for his career, and playing on six World Series champion teams for the New York Yankees.

"Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing." - 1 Thessalonians 5:11

Sometimes we need to take a train, track someone down, buy them a steak, and encourage them. We do it in many ways. Our husbands and wives need encouragement more than they need harping criticism. Our coworkers and leaders and friends and neighbors need to be built up. Our Service members need to know how much we value their contributions, and even more so for their Families. And our Gold Star Families need to know that we'll never forget the sacrifices of their loved ones. You never know when a well-place word will make the difference in the life of a battle buddy.

Blessed is the one who knows how to give and receive divine counsel!

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