How Johnny earned his quarter

A lesson learned from a child. There is a wonderful little story about a minister who, one saturday morning, was trying to prepare his sermon under conditions. His wife was out shopping. It was a rainy day and his young son was restless and bored with nothing to do. Finally, in desperation, the minister picked up an old magazine and thumbed through it until he came to large, brightly coloured picture. It showed a map of the world. He tore the page from the magazine, ripped it into little bits, and threw the scraps all over the living room floor with the words;

Johnny, if you can put this all together, i’ll give a quarter!

The preacher thought this would take Johnny most of the morning, but within ten minutes there was a knock at the study door. It was his son with the completed puzzle finished. The minister was amazed to see Johnny finished so soon, with the pieces of paper neatly arranged and the map of the world back in order…

Son, how did you get that done so fast? the preacher asked.

Oh, said Johnny, it was easy. On the other side there was a picture of a man. I just put a piece of paper on the bottom, put the picture of the man together, put a piece on top, and then turned it over. I figured that if i got the man right, his world would be right.

The minister smiled, and handed his son a quarter. And you’ve given me my sermon for tomorrow, too, he said ” If the man is right, his world would be right.” 

This is a terrific statement, I remember listening to The Strangest Secret by Earl Nightingale (1957) and he said…

” What we think about, we become.”

Keeping your thoughts on a definite chief aim will become your words, which will translate to your behaviour, thus creating new habits, then discovering your authentic values.

I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious and happy.

I am Ian Campbell

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