Cotton Mather prayed several hours a day for 20 years for revival. It came (the Great Awakening) the year after his death.
William Wilberforce fought for 55 years to abolish slavery in England and the British Empire. It came as he lay on his
Two men were out hunting. Neither was a good shot. After they had tramped through the fields for hours, they had seen plenty of
rabbits but had yet to hit one. With evening coming on, both were getting tired. One turned to the other and said, "Tom, what
about it? Let's just miss two more and call it a day." Despite the lack of anything to show for their time, these two hunters
probably expended as much energy and effort as if they had bagged twenty rabbits. The same thing, unfortunately, can and does
happen to people. "It is not enough to be busy," someone once said, "one must also get results."
Bits and Pieces, November, 1989, p. 21.
After a preacher died and went to heaven, he noticed that a New York cabdriver had been given a higher place than he had. "I
don't understand," he complained to St. Peter. "I devoted my entire life to my congregation."
"Our policy is to reward results," explained St. Peter. "Now what happened , Reverend,
whenever you gave a sermon?"
The minister admitted that some in the congregation fell asleep. "Exactly, " said St. Peter. "And
when people rode in this man's taxi, they not only stayed awake, they prayed."
Ray Heit, in Reader's Digest.
Perhaps you may remember Hank Luisetti, the great basketball player of a few decades back. When Hank came along, virtually
every basketball coach in the country insisted that his players shoot with two hands. Instead of two hands, Hank used a jerky,
funny-looking, one-handed jump shot. His coach, looking for results rather than method, was smart enough to let him use it.
The rest is basketball history--today almost everybody uses Hank's one-handed jump shot.