Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy; and I will praise you with the harp, O God, my God. (Psalms 43:4 NRSV)
Geoff Burch is a sales trainer in England. He tells about a man named Fred he met in the course of his research into sales methods. Back in the 1950s Fred had been a traveling salesman hawking washing machines. This job was on commission only, but included a unusual perk: the then almost unheard of luxury of a vehicle. At the beginning of each week Fred was sent off in his van with five washing machines; so long as all five were sold each week, Fred could keep the van.

Eventually a week came when Fred's magic seemed to have abandoned him. A moment's thought convinced him that the naval bases on the East Coast would be his best bet, and, despite savage winter weather, he turned the van east. Disaster struck when the van hit a patch of black ice, spun out of control, left the road, and hit a tree. Fortunately for him, two farmers' wives heard the crash and ran to his aid. An ambulance arrived, Fred was loaded in and taken to the hospital; in the meantime each of the farmer's wives and the ambulance driver had signed up for the three remaining washing machines!

Don't you appreciate a person who is enthusiastic about their work? Do we get as excited about touching lives with God's love?

Dear God, fill my life with the excitement of being with you. In Jesus name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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