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The Word for Today

by Bob and Debby Gass

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‘…Shamgar…killed six hundred…Philistines with an ox goad…’ Judges 3:31 NKJV
The Bible says, ‘…Shamgar…killed six hundred…Philistines with an ox goad; and he also delivered Israel.’ (Judges 3:31 NKJV) Shamgar was just a farmer who owned a field, but he was willing to fight for it. His odds weren’t good: 600 to 1. But he beat the odds, saved his field, and delivered Israel. So you can start out small and end up blessing others greatly. The Bible says, ‘Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin…’ (Zechariah 4:10 NLT) Every oak tree started as an acorn. Tom Monaghan started Domino’s Pizza in 1960 with one little shop. He struggled for eight years. When his shop burned to the ground, the insurance company paid him only one cent on the dollar to cover his losses. All he knew was pizza, so he started another shop. He worked 100 hours a week. Up to this point he had only taken one week-long holiday?for his honeymoon. By 1971 he was $1.5 million in debt. But he stayed in his field, which was the pizza business, and tried something new. He limited his menu to pizza only, and decided to deliver it hot and fresh to customers at no extra charge. It worked. By 2007, Domino’s Pizza had grown to 6100 stores across the United States and other countries. Today he’s one of the richest men in the nation, and he gives most of his profits to charity. What was his secret? He started where he was. He fought for what he believed to be his God-given purpose. And when he got knocked down he got back up.

SoulFood: 1 Sam 14-15, Luke 23:44-56, Ps 91, Pr 21:28-31

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