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I was 14 when I made my first speech without using notes. Wanting to do something humorous, I decided to imitate a very funny sketch that I had seen in a Mickey Rooney movie. From Mickey Rooney, it was great. From me, it fell flat.

After that fiasco, only the grace of God could have gotten me back on the public platform. But I did learn something important: We can study other people and learn from them, but we are most successful when we are just ourselves.

This is Howard Butt, Jr., of Laity Lodge. God will never ask us how well we tried to be someone else. Rather than be a junior-sized Mickey Rooney, I just needed to be a full-sized me. Each of us must rise to the challenge of our own gifts—and our own limitations—in the high calling of our daily work.

Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else, for each one should carry his own load.

(Gal. 6:4-5)