A preacher concluded that his church was getting into very seriousÂ
While checking the church storeroom, he discovered several cartons ofÂ
new Bibles that had never been opened and distributed.
So at his Sunday sermon, he asked for three
Â Â volunteers from theÂ
Â Â willing to sell the Bibles door-to-door for $10 each to raiseÂ
Â Â for the church.
Jack, Paul and Louis all raised their hands to
Â Â volunteer for the task.
The minister knew that Jack and Paul earned
Â Â their living as salesmenÂ
Â Â were likely
capable of selling some Bibles. But he had serious doubts about
Â Â LouieÂ
who was a
Â Â local
farmer, who had always kept to himself because he was embarrassed
Â Â byÂ
Â Â Poor Louis stuttered badly. But, not wanting to discourageÂ
minister decided to
Â Â let him try anyway.
He sent the three of them away with the back seat
Â Â of their cars stackedÂ
Â Â Bibles.
He asked them to meet with him and report the results of theirÂ
Â Â the following Sunday.
Anxious to find out how successful they were, the
Â Â minister immediatelyÂ
Â Â Jack,
'Well, Jack, how did you make out selling our Bibles last
Â Â week?'
Proudly handing the minister an envelope, Jack replied, 'Using
Â Â my salesÂ
Â Â was
able to sell 20 Bibles, and here's the $200 I collected on behalf
Â Â ofÂ
Â Â job, Jack!' The minister said, vigorously shaking his hand. 'YouÂ
are indeed a fine
Â Â the Church is indebted to you.'
Turning to Paul, 'And Paul, how many
Â Â Bibles did you sell for the churchÂ
Â Â and sticking out his chest, confidently replied, 'I am aÂ
Â Â 28 bibles on behalf of the church, and here's $280 I collected.'
Â Â minister responded, 'That's absolutely splendid, Paul. You areÂ
truly a professional
Â Â and the church is indebted to you.'
Apprehensively, the minister turned
Â Â to Louie and said, 'And Louie, didÂ
you manage to sell
Â Â last week?' Louie silently offered the minister a largeÂ
Â Â minister
opened it and counted the contents.
'What is this?' the
Â Â minister exclaimed. 'Louie, there's $3200 in here!Â Â
Are you suggesting
Â Â sold 320 Bibles for the church, door to door, in just oneÂ
week?'Â Louie just
Â Â nodded.
'That's impossible!' both Jack and Paul said in unison.
Â Â 'We areÂ
Â Â salesmen,
yet you claim to have sold 10 times as many Bibles as we
Â Â could.'
'Yes, this does seem unlikely,' the minister agreed. 'I think
Â Â you'dÂ
better explain how you
Â Â managed to accomplish this, Louie.'
Louie shrugged. 'I-I-I re-re-really
Â Â do-do-don't kn-kn-know f-f-f-forÂ
Â Â stammered.
Impatiently, Paul interrupted. 'For crying out loud, Louie,
Â Â just tellÂ
us what you said
Â Â to
them when they answered the door!'
'A-a-a-all I-I-I s-s-said
Â Â wa-wa-was,' Louis replied, 'W-w-w-wouldÂ
Â Â b-b-b-buy th-th-th-this b-b-b-bible f-f-f-for t-t-t-tenÂ
Â Â ---o-o-o-or
wo-wo-wo-would yo-yo-yo-you j-j-j-just l-l-l-like m-m-me
Â Â t-t-t-toÂ
Â Â r-r-r-read it t-t-t-to
Â Â y-y-y-you?