I want to be open to recognize examples of hope, and I find them in various situations and places. I didn’t expect to find hope in a tiny magazine ad and certainly not an ad for help with speech impediments, but I did.

The ad was only about 2″ x 5″, but its photo of Winston Churchill caught my attention. I admire Churchill as a WWII hero and a great historical figure. I took a minute to read the ad and found hope.

I think too few today appreciate the greatness of people like Churchill and their tremendous contribution to the cause for freedom in the WWII-era world. However my intention today is not to share hope of the Greatest Generation and an Allied victory but to focus on this particular ad.

According to the ad,  Winston Churchill stuttered. Yet he became the voice that inspired his British countrymen during dark days of war. It is  remarkable that he overcame stuttering to deliver some of the most influential speeches in 20th century world history.

Whether or not your personal challenge is stuttering, each of us had, has, or will have obstacles to overcome. I find hope when someone clearly accomplishes success and sometimes even greatness despite the struggle.

Let’s be on the lookout for hope. It may be nearer than we think and often where we least expect it.

“I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)

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