For the last few weeks I’ve tried to give you a sense of “Guided Spiritual Life Coaching.” I’ll come back to this topic again in a few weeks. Coaching is a positive way of working toward a better you. I want to take a different track this week. Stories of people who have risen above a humble beginning to achieve things that made a real impact on our world.
On this day in 1946, William Jefferson Blythe III was born. His father died in a car accident before he was born, and young William later took the last name of his stepfather. It wasn’t an easy road for him but he was inspired after meeting President John F. Kennedy at the White House as a high school student. By now you may have figured out who this young man was that was born in Hope, Arkansas. William, who took the name of his step father, Roger Clinton, grew up in the little town of Hope and went on to become the leader of the Free World.
In 1992, Bill Clinton would be elected as the 42nd president of the United States. William attended Georgetown University and won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford in 1968, then received a law degree from Yale. In 1974, Clinton even lost a bid for Congress in Arkansas on his rise to political leadership. Yet, this did not deter him. He married fellow Yale Law graduate Hillary Rodham the following year; their daughter Chelsea was born in 1980.
Humble beginnings can still result in hope. We do not have to be stuck in our circumstances. They do not have to control us. We can rise above them. One of my favorite Bible verses is Jeremiah 29:11. Remind yourself daily with these powerful words:
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”