January Proclaimer

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A salesman passed the corner each day, and after a week he began to pity the boy who was striving to sell his puppy. He stopped and said, “Son, do you really want to sell this dog?” The boy replied, “I certainly do!” “Well you’re never going to sell him until you learn to “see it big.” What I mean is, take this dog home, clean him up, doll him up, raise your price, make people think they’re getting something big, and you’ll sell him.” That noon the salesman came by and there was the boy and the puppy that was groomed, perfumed, and beribboned along side a big sign: TREMENDOUS Puppy for Sale – $5000. The salesman gulped and realized he had forgotten to tell the boy about the “Keeping-It-Simple” principle. That evening he stopped by to tell the boy the other half of the formula, only to discover that the boy was gone, the puppy was gone and the sign lay there with “SOLD” written across it in big letters. The salesman couldn’t believe it. This kid couldn’t have sold the dog for $5000. His curiosity got the best of him and he rang the boy’s doorbell. The boy came to the door and the salesman blurted, “Son you didn’t really sell that dog for $5000 now, did you? The boy replied, “Yes, sir, I did and I want to thank you for all your help. The salesman said, “How in the world did you do it?” The boy replied, “Oh it was easy. I just took two $2500 cats in exchange!”
The lesson learned from this story is that we need to think big. As we go into this New Year, it is time again to be thinking about what goals we might have. You see, unless we take time to evaluate and plan for this year, it will be no better than the past year. I believe that this could be the best year of your life. I believe that God has great things planned for you this year, but we have to catch sight of that vision, that goal that He sets before us. Paul tells us to “press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.” (Philippians 3:12b) Jesus has called you to be His child for a reason. I would encourage you to take the time to spend at least an afternoon in prayer and seeking God’s guidance. Ask Him what His plans are for you this year. What goals does He have for your family, your job, your ministry at church and in the world, and what goals does He have for your relationship with Him? If we only aim at the bush, we will shoot no further than the bush. But if we aim at the stars, then we will shoot much higher, even if we never reach all the stars. As the star was to the Magi and as the angels were to the shepherds, God wants to lead you into a great year. Take the time to hear His dreams and goals for you.

In His Service,
Pastor John

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