A Modern Parable

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One honest internet marketer discovered the Greatest Business with the best benefits ever known in the market industry (mind you a 100% commission for life!) for anyone who invested fully in it.

He got very excited, not only for himself and his family, but because he knew the people needed that Product. He put aside every other business, invested all that he had, and set himself to prepare the best possible promotional campaign to advertise his Business.

He knew his product was the Best, but he also knew that because the market was saturated with all kinds of fake products and “get rich fast” schemes, the people were skeptic and reluctant to engage in any new ventures, no matter how promising or professional the advertisements were.

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He searched for the latest state of the art technology that would empower his product; compiled stories, testimonials, pictures, slide shows, and videos, collected a good sized mailing list, and proceeded to send out regular emails around the world, attaching different promotional items each week.  He did that for many years. Meanwhile his business was growing by leaps and bounds.

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What happened to his marketing campaigns? How successful were there?

Well, here is what happened…

 

- Some of the emails were automatically considered spam and got returned.

 

- Others went directly to the junk inbox and were never received.

 

- Part of the emails arrived in the inboxes but the receivers deleted them without reading.

 

- Some recipients saved the messages to read later but never found the time to do so.

 

- Some read them but rejected the message, got upset, and requested to be taken off the mailing list.

 

- Many read the message and liked it, but were not sure of the source and did nothing about it, waiting to see if someone else did it first.

 

- Some got excited and wanted to do something about it, but when they started they soon got discouraged and gave up.

 

- Some read it and loved it and sent a reply thanking the marketer for sharing his business with them.

 

- Others loved the business idea so much that started sharing the mailings with their contact lists.

 

- A few contacted the marketer requesting training, more materials, and started their own business following his blueprints. Those were very happy to have found such a Business!

 

- Some of those created local, national and regional associations to better distribute the Product they loved.They multiplied the business manifolds and spread it thru their networks.

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Although few were those who received the message and did something about it, the end result was far beyond the imagination of the marketer who started the campaign.

Harsh financial crisis times came over the land and people were fretting and worrying for their jobs and families. Many then remembered the business plan they once read in a mailing and went back to their inboxes looking for the messages, read them and started putting some of the counsel to practice.

Many more went hungry.

Meanwhile, all those who had invested partially or fully in the Business, were prosperous and had plenty to share with others.

 

The time came when the Master Brain who invented the Business visited the marketplace and his affiliates and using the already established networks, helped consolidate the business plan all over the world thus making sure that everyone had more than enough.

 

Idea taken from “The Parable of the Sower and the Seed”  (Matthew 13)

 

“A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. Whoever has ears, let them hear.”

“Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: 19 When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path.20 The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. 21 But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. 22 The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. 23 But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”

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THE DEMOLITION – A True Story

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Our landlady wanted to sell the house in the near future, and we wanted a change of scenario,  so  I prayed for a nice new 3 bedroom apartment,  on the  2nd or 3rd floor, with elevator, fully furnished, with all appliances and parking included in the rent, closer to the city and the Metro, that it would have a nice green view from the window, and a rent of no more than $700 a month.  Yes, we believe in miracles.

We checked up a few apartments and found a nice brand new one, very sunny and with big windows, a great green view, good price, and I thought I even heard the Lord say: “This is the way, walk ye in it”. But after considering all the pros and cons, we thought it was too small for our needs and kept looking for something bigger. We looked more than 30 different places, and after 3 weeks we decided to rent the one the Lord had suggested.  It would have saved us time to just listen to His small voice, but that is human nature, to do it our own way.

After signing the contract, exploring and checking everything, we noticed that the green view from our window was marred by an old school building, about 7 stories high, that was abandoned for a long time. That brown building was a big eye sore for me. But what could we do? We had already signed the contract for one year, and it would be quite silly to break the contract just because we didn’t notice a building that had been there all the time…

Well, I believe in prayer and Jesus had said: Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. so me and my husband decided to pray, and we pointed our fingers at that building, agreed, and asked God in Jesus name, to demolish it.  (That building had been there for over 15 years.)

Just one week after we prayed, I noticed a gigantic crane and a lot of movement going on around that building. It raised my eyebrow a bit more than usual.  Then later on in the day I saw that the crane had lifted up 2 big bulldozers unto the roof of the old building.   “Oh my, I wonder what they are going to do with those big machines on top of the roof?! “.

Next day I saw a crew of workers setting up bamboo scaffolding from the bottom of the building all the way to the roof on both corners of the building. Once they were finished, they covered the bamboo with blue protective fabric as is customary in Taiwanese construction sites.

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Then to my amazement, early next morning and with a lot of noise, those bulldozers started drilling and breaking the floor of the roof. I called my husband and my son, “what do you guys think they are trying to do?   Are they going to demolish it?”

It was obvious they were trying to destroy the top floor, but we couldn’t understand the logistics of it, as this was not what we as foreigners living in an Asian country would expect to see in a demolition. (I expected it dynamited in a controlled situation or demolished with a big iron ball, but definitely not drilled down from the roof with heavy duty machines)

I work from home, so I was following the daily progress out of my window for almost 4 weeks. Every day they knocked down more and more floors. When there was only 2 floors left, the crane came back and brought the bulldozers down. They changed tactics and began drilling one of the walls and columns that held the building up, till it totally collapsed. Then they did the same in the other side.

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I woke up in the morning of the 26th day of demolition work and there was no trace of that ugly eye sore building. All I could now see from my window was the green view and those luscious trees loaded with birds.  Wow!  Amazing! What an answer to prayer!  We praised our God of Love who went to such extent as to fulfill my desires for a clear green view from my window!

Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart”.

Now when I gaze out of my window right besides my desk, Instead of the noise of the bulldozers, I can follow the activities of a family of black Drongos (black bird with forked tail) who successfully raised their 2 fledglings. They all perch in a telephone line quite close to my window and I can enjoy their daily progress.

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Now, if God takes such good care of my Drongo bird family, he gives me exactly the apartment I asked, and He goes out of His way to demolish a building that was bothering me…is there really anything to worry about?  God is in control, He loves us and He wants us to be happy and enjoy the Life He has given us. “Ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be made full”.

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