Today’s post is a bit different. It’s a collection of wisdom taken from a book that took me f.o.r.e.v.e.r. to read. It’s title: “The Greatest Salesman in the World” by Og Mandino. (if you have time, listen to Og’s story here, you may relate)
The book came into my hands during some years when I didn’t follow Jesus too closely. In fact, I mostly treated Him like a mere acquaintance. I knew Him, we grew up together. But when I moved away to college, we became distant–and never talked. I was busy with all my other fun spiritual guru friends.
A LITTLE HISTORY
After sowing oats and living out my young adult experiences, I spiritually floated around with no particular label of faith. Which was just fine–I don’t even like labels to this day. But without a label I also felt a bit lost. No Jesus, no Buddha, no Muhammad, no nothing. Just me searching. That’s when this book landed in my hands.
THE SALES PITCH
I received this book from a business coach and mentor. Handing me the book, he said, “I can’t give this to you unless you promise to read it.” I held out my hand and quipped back, “Oh sure. Yeah. I’ll read it.” BUT then he jerked the book away and got serious and said, “No really, you have to read it–you have to follow the instructions inside–there’s nothing dangerous–but if you read it how they say to read it, it WILL change your life.”
NOW my interest was piqued. What on earth was this business coach telling me? Why was he so mysterious about this little small white book. I knew the book had sold millions (because the cover said so). I started to think “Okay this will be like ‘Who Moved My Cheese’ there will be an insight and important concept–but my coach is being OVERBOARD on this–but I’ll read it and promise to follow the rules on how to read the book.”
Well, long story short. I got home read the first seven chapters with interest. It felt like a mix of all the spiritual books I’ve read ranging from the Bible to the Celestine Prophecy. There was mention of the Mount of Olives, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, incense, and mysterious scrolls with amazing ancient wisdom. I’m digging this.
Then came chapter 8 (page 51-57).
In my copy, page 53 is wrinkled. Torn. Looks like it’s been through a war. I took some rage out on the book. I had been tricked. BADLY TRICKED by a mentor I trusted. Page 55 said it all–and will now explain why it took me so long to read the book. It reads, “I will read each scroll for thirty days in this prescribed manner, before I proceed to the next scroll.”
There are ten scrolls. My genius math tells me that’s TEN MONTHS of holding this stupid little white and red book. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? I was angry.
The idea, the concept of the book, is that you absorb the contents of each “scroll” for 30 days. Twenty-one days is a habit, so 30 must be that much better.
Angry and tricked, I was going to prove I wasn’t a quitter. I was going to do it. And I did. I read each scroll for 30 days. One of the better things I’ve done. Scrolls ONE through NINE were instrumental in changing my heart towards business associates, staff, people in general.
Scroll TEN did me in. It was about prayer. About what to pray for. It was the telephone number, the permission without guilt I needed to get back in contact with my old childhood friend. Jesus. There is still a LOT of water under the bridge between that book and the day I stepped into a church again. Initially I’d determined Jesus had grown-up between my childhood and adulthood. Funny how I was wrong about that. Funny how I really didn’t know my childhood friend.
I suppose I didn’t mean to write a book review post. But earlier this week, as I looked over a small bookmark recapping the Ten Scrolls–it just seemed something I should pass along to you–on the off-chance you’ve never seen or heard or read this book.
This is cheating–writing out the Cliff Notes of the scrolls. Because there really was something powerful in taking t.e.n..l.o.n.g..m.o.n.t.h.s. to absorb and apply the wisdom in the TEN Scrolls. But regardless, here are those ten amazing things that reviewed routinely can become a transformative and beautiful part of your life.
❤ Today I begin a new life
❤ I will greet this day with love in my heart
❤ I will persist until I succeed
❤ I am nature’s (God’s) greatest miracle
❤ I will live this day as if it is my last
❤ Today I will be master of my emotions
❤ I will keep perspective and laugh with/at the world
❤ Today I will multiply my value a hundredfold
❤ I will act now, I will act now, I will act now , I will act now , I will act now , I will act now , I will act now , I will act now , I will act now , I will act now , I will act now , I will act now , I will act now
❤ I will pray for guidance
So glad a business coach pushed me, and pissed me off that day. So glad.