One Thing Leads To Another
The story is told of a country lad who was hired for a
salesman's job at a city department store. It was one of those massive stores
that has every department imaginable. In fact it was the biggest store in
the world - you could get anything there.
The boss said, "You can start tomorrow, Friday morning, and I'll
come and see you when we close up."
When the boss looked up the young man the next day at closing
time, he saw him shaking hands with a beaming customer. After they
parted, he walked over and asked, "Well, that looked good! How many sales did
you make today?"
"That was the only one," said the young salesman.
"Only one!?!" blurted the boss. "Most of my staff make 20 or 30
sales a day. You'll have to do better than that! Well, how much was
the sale worth?"
"$227,340 and change," said the young man.
The boss paused for a moment, blinking a few times. "H... H...
How did you manage that?!?"
"Well, when he came in this morning and I sold him a small fish
hook. Then, I sold him a medium hook, and then a really large hook.
Then I sold him a small fishing line, a medium one, and then a big
one. I then sold him a spear gun, a wetsuit, scuba gear, nets, chum, and
coolers. I asked him where he was going fishing and he said down the
coast. We decided he would probably need a new boat, so I took him
down to the boat department and sold him that twenty-foot schooner with
the twin engines. Then, he said that his Volkswagen probably wouldn't be
able to pull it, so I took him to the car department and sold him the
new Deluxe Cruiser, with a winch, storage rack, rust proofing, and a
built-in refrigerator. Oh, and floor mats."
The boss took two steps back and asked in astonishment, "You
sold all that to a guy who came in for a fish hook?!"
"No," answered the salesman. "He came in to buy a blanket."
"Yeah, an extra blanket for the couch. He just had a fight with
his wife. I said to him, 'Well, your weekend's ruined, so you may as
well go fishing...'"
One thing leads to another. And that's the way it should work
in our spiritual lives. As we grow and mature in Christ, we continue to
add virtue upon virtue.
"But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to
your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to
self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness
brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love." (2 Peter 1:5-7).
Wherever you are in your spiritual life, I pray that you'll
take a step up today, adding something that will make you a little more in
the image of Jesus Christ. As you add one thing to another, you'll be
closer to that goal by the end of the year.
Have a great day!
[ Alan Smith (www.TFTD-online.com) -- from Barbara, via InspiredBuffalo@lighthouse.net ]
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