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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Let Us Pray

Let Us Pray

It is time, everyone, to hit your knees in prayer.  I cannot say why, because I am not allowed to know.  I was told by someone who should know, that we need to be in prayer for all of our service men and women. 

If you are a praying person, now is the time to get down on your knees and pray. 

Father God,
We come to You in Jesus’ name.  Please be with our men and women in the military around the world.   We ask that you grant our leaders supreme wisdom in this time of trial.  Please grant the leaders on both sides cool heads and the ability to back down and still keep their dignity.

Please protect our service people from any danger.

In Christ most precious name we pray.

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Monday, July 18, 2016

McClendon Studios Presnts: Bowling Man


McClendon Studios Presents

Bowling Man

My father used to tell stories of when he was working for National Cash Register.  This is one of those stories.
He called on a man who owned a large company of stores who was a prospect for buying cash registers from my father.

It turns out that the man had not been bowling in a while and really wanted to go bowling soon. My father agreed to take him bowling while they talked over the possible purchase of cash registers.

 Bowling Man
While they were bowling, the man partook of many beers which my father paid for.  The man became a little drunk and signed the largest order my father had ever had in his life.  All my father had to do was mail that order and the man was obligated to purchase the cash registers. After all, he had a signed contract. This was the 1960’s and the fact that it was signed while intoxicated was not a matter the court would take up anyway.

Well, my father thought about it all that night.  The next morning, bright and early, he went to see the man at his office.

My father handed the man the contract and told him that he was legally obligated to purchase the cash registers but that he, my father, thought that it would be much better if they tore up that contract and started over.

Well, the man was very happy and tore up the contract. He and my father then sat down and negotiated a much smaller order.

My father lost on that sale, but for the rest of the time my father was with
National Cash Register, he would get a purchase order in the mail for every single cash register ever purchased by that company and every paper product, ribbon, and other accessory related to any product that National Cash Register offered that the store needed.

Years later, that act of honesty paid off for my father in a way he did not expect.

Friday, June 24, 2016

The Parable of the Hot Dog Vendor

The Parable of the Hot Dog Vendor

Author Unknown to Me

There was this hot dog vendor who sold hot dogs by the roadside.  He was illiterate, so he never read newspapers.  He was hard of hearing, so he never listened to the radio. His eyes were weak, so he never watched television.

But, enthusiastically, he sold lots of hot dogs. His sales and profit went up. He used only the finest wieners and the freshest buns.  People came from miles around to eat his hot dogs.  All day long, the hot dog vendor would sing beautiful songs and sell his hot dogs.

He ordered more meat and got himself a bigger and better stove.  As his business was growing, the son, who had recently graduated from college, joined his father.

Then something strange happened.  The son asked, "Dad, aren't you aware of the great recession that is coming our way?”  The hot dog vendor replied, "No, but tell me about it.”  The son said, "The international situation is terrible. The domestic condition is even worse.  We should be prepared for the coming bad time."

The hot dog vendor thought that since his son had been to college, read the papers, and listened to radio, he ought to know and that his advice was not to be taken lightly.  So, the next day, the hot dog vendor cut down his order for the meat and buns, took down the sign, and was no longer enthusiastic.

Business got worse and the hot dog vendor stopped singing.
Very often, he ran out of wieners and buns so his customers had nothing to buy when they stopped by his stand and had to take their business elsewhere.

Very soon, fewer and fewer people bothered to stop at his hotdog stand and his sales started coming down rapidly.  He again cut his orders, switched to lower quality wieners, and used cheaper buns.

Business dropped even still and he stopped being friendly with his customers and talked only about how bad business was with the few remaining customers he had, which reminded them of how bad things were and made them begin to think that they, too, should cut back on their spending.

Soon the hot dog vendor was ordering so few wieners and so few buns that he did not have anything to sell to the very few remaining customers he had, so he closed the hot dog stand.

The hot dog vendor said to his son, "Son, you were right.  We are in the middle of a recession.  I am glad you warned me ahead of time."

The Moral of The Story

Never engage in self-defeating patterns of behavior. If you think that you will fail, or always only expect the negative or worst, nothing in this world can save you.

The preceding story was posted on the wall at my family’s Western Auto Store in Iva, South Carolina. 

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