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Monday, August 29, 2005

Today is NOT the day to quit

You ever feel like quitting? Sure you have. We all have. From time to time we think, "that's just about enough." Or, "They have rejected me too many times."

I like what Steve May said:

"In 1955, when Colonel Harland Sanders retired at the age of 65, he had little to show for himself, except an old Caddie roadster, a $105 monthly pension check, and a recipe for chicken.

Knowing he couldn't live on his pension, he took his chicken recipe in hand, got behind the wheel of his clunker, and set out to make his fortune.

His first plan was to sell his chicken recipe to restaurant owners, who would in turn give him a residual for every piece of chicken they sold -- 5 cents per chicken. The first restaurateur he called on turned him down.

So did the second.

So did the third.

In fact, the first 1000 sales calls Colonel Sanders made ended in rejection. Still, he continued to call on owners as he traveled across the USA, sleeping in his car to save money. Prospect number 1009 finally gave him his first "yes."

After two years of making daily calls he had signed up a total of five restaurants.

Still the Colonel pressed on, knowing that he had a great chicken recipe and that someday the idea would catch on.

Of course, you know how the story ends. The idea DID catch on. By 1963 the Colonel had 600 restaurants across the country selling his secret recipe of Kentucky Fried Chicken (with 11 herbs and spices).

In 1964 he was bought out by future Kentucky governor John Brown. Even though the sale made him a multi-millionaire, he continued to represent and promote KFC until his death in 1980.

Colonel Sanders' story teaches an important lesson: It's never too late to decide you'll never give up.

Earlier in his life the Colonel was involved in other business ventures--but they weren't successful. He had a gas station in the 30's, a restaurant in the 40's, and he gave up on both of them.

At the age of 65, however, Harland Sanders decided his chicken idea was the right idea, and he refused to give up, even in spite of repeated rejection. He knew that if he kept on knocking on doors, eventually someone would say "yes."

This is how Jesus challenged us to approach life. He said, "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you." (Luke 11:9)

This command follows a story Jesus told emphasizing the importance of a "never-give-up" attitude in prayer. Jesus is saying "Ask--not just once, but as many times as is necessary. Then keep on looking and keep on knocking till the door is opened."

If you have made half-hearted attempts at doing God's will in your life...if you have given up too easily in the past...remember: It's never too late to become persistent. It's never to late to decide you'll never give up. Keep on asking. Keep on seeking. Keep on knocking."



Jon said...

Someone (sorry, don't have the quote with me) once said, "It's not how many times you get knocked down that counts, it's how many times you get back up."

When I was younger (much, much younger) I took that saying literally and collected quite the display of bruises for my efforts...did you know that if you show up to fight a guy day after day after day after day, eventually he'll get tired of beating you up (especially if each fight is progressively harder for him to win) and become your friend? I didn't know that either and I don't encourage anyone to try it for may run in to a real sadist who will beat you every time you show back up and never get tired of doing so! Anyway, I digress...when I was picking myself back up on my own, it was hard to go back and try again and again. But with God to pick me up, it's not so hard...not to say that it's always easy but it is easier and the comfort from His arms is warm, tender, and healing.

Did you know that I failed out of college the first time I tried right out of high school? I wasn't ready to be there and it showed! It took a few years of discipline (thank you US Army) to get me right to succeed in college and eventually I went back and earned a couple of the age of 40...with a good GPA.

Failing at something is not a reason to fail in life...Jesus gave His life for us so none of us has to fail in life. Just by asking and seeking and knocking, we can all be winners in our lives for all eternity.

Remember that we know the end of the story...God wins! That's the group I want to be in when all is said and done. I don't have to be a millionaire or famous or super talented...I just have to love God with all my heart, mind, strength, and soul! I like that! Won't you join us today?

God bless


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