Just before World War II, America was precariously low on cargo ships. Henry Kaiser, an industrialist, had never built ships, but that didn't deter him. He called for an “impossibility conference” to address every reason why he shouldn’t build ships now. What happened? As participants examined each reason not to build, they began to revolutionize American ship construction.

Instead of using rivets, they welded. Their new ideas required fewer workers and a smaller shipyard. Bankers liked the savings, and Kaiser's Liberty Ship became the Model T of the ocean.

This is Howard Butt, Jr., of Laity Lodge. Don’t let the reasons you might fail stand between you and your big ship. Tackle the negatives one at a time and watch the impossible become possible—in the high calling of our daily work.

"If you can do anything, take pity on us and help us."
"'If you can'?" said Jesus. "Everything is possible for him who believes."
Immediately the boy's father exclaimed, "I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!"

(Mark 9:22-24)

"By United States. Office of War Information. Overseas Picture Division. Washington Division; 1944 [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Originally Published: Sunday, February 3, 2013

Howard E. Butt, Jr., served as president of the H. E. Butt Foundation until 2014. He is the founder of Laity Lodge and The High Calling, and serves as vice chairman of the H. E. Butt Grocery Company.
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