Calvin Coolidge was the 29th President of the United States. He was often called “Quiet Calvin” because of his soft-spoken nature. When told that Coolidge had died someone asked, “How could they tell?”

Coolidge may not be the most outspoken President or the best remembered, but he was a good manager of his time. One of his best quotes was often cited by McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc. Coolidge said:

Nothing in the word can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; there is nothing more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not. The world is full of educated derelicts.

Coolidge’s quiet persistence eventually landed him the most powerful job in the world. Ray Kroc’s persistence made him the most successful restaurant owner in history. But Jesus told us that by persistence in prayer even greater things could be accomplished that will matter in eternity. Persistently doing God’s will is redeeming the time.

Rick Grubbs is best known as the host of “Redeeming the Time,” a one-minute radio program featured on hundreds of radio outlets around the world. He has spoken thousands of times on Biblical time management in all 50 states and 26 other countries. He is the author of the book “Morning Momentum: God’s plan for launching an unstoppable day”. He and his wife Carrie live in Salisbury NC with several of their 12 children.

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