The good-for-nothing

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Think a minute…Guiseppe’s papa came from a family of fishermen. In fact, for 300 years the men in his family had been fishermen in the country of Sicily. His papa eventually moved to San Francisco where he continued their fishing business.

Eventually they had nine children. All the boys, from the time they could walk, helped their papa on his fishing boat.

All the sons, except Guiseppe! Guiseppe simply could not go because he got so terribly seasick. His stomach just could not take the motion of the boat, or the strong smell of fish. But even when his dad saw how sick Guiseppe got on the boat, he did not accept it. He always told his son, Guiseppe, that he was good-for-nothing.

Guiseppe was very hurt by his father always criticizing and putting him down. But he still tried his best to help his family in some way. So as a young boy he went out on the streets and worked every job he could find to bring money back to his father. 

But instead of his papa being proud of his hard-working son, he kept telling Guiseppe he was lazy and good-for-nothing. Finally, Guiseppe just gave up on ever pleasing his dad. 

He got involved in sports and discovered that he was a very talented, natural athlete, especially in baseball. In fact, he became the most successful son in his whole family. That young boy, whom his papa had always called good-for-nothing, became one of the greatest professional baseball players in history. You may have even heard of Guiseppe by his American name, Guiseppe…Joe…DiMaggio.

You see, Guiseppe Joe Dimaggio refused to believe all the bad things his dad said about him. He never stopped trying until he finally found his special abilities. 

So even if your own family has told you that you’ll never be successful, and that you’re good-for-nothing, don’t believe them. Just forgive them and know that your Heavenly Father created you for great things. You CAN become successful and reach your full potential. 

Just ask Jesus Christ to take control of your life every day, and He’ll help you to forgive and forget the past hurts, so you can move on to become all He made you to be. Just Think a Minute…

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