by Jim Henry

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Rev. Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church Of Orlando
3701 L. B. McLeod Road


SUCCESS - "The Art Of The Deal"
Mark 10:17-29
Print 279, CT 3

He was interviewed on 60 Minutes. His picture was on the front of
Business Review, Fortune, and New York Times Magazine. He wrote a book
called The Art Of The Deal, and on the cover of the book he said, "I have as
much money as I will ever need. I don't need to make any more money. To me
making money is a form of art." In 1989 he had 1.7 billion dollars and in 1990 he
had zero. His name is Donald Trump and what looked like an unusual success
story became a failure. The book The Art Of The Deal, seemingly had the Midas
Touch. He had everything that we would say made a man successful. He was
successful, but was he?
What is success? On the radio I heard an advertisement for the cellular
telephone, and it said, "Do you want to be more successful inan yourfriend?s-
You need to get one of these. You will be more successful if you have our type
of phone." I thought, "Isn't that just like our world?" How do you grade success?
What is success? Erma Bombeck, writing in her little column "At Wits End", was
talking about graduation. She said, "I can't remember the name of the speaker
at my high school commencement, but I remember what he said. He told us the
future of the world rested on our shoulders and he charged us with finding our
destiny and fulfilling it. He went on to say that we alone must cure disease,
hunger and poverty throughout the world and above all we must find success."
Perhaps John McKay, when he was coaching University of Southern
California, had it all in perspective. They had just been hammered by Notre
Dame 51-0. He came into the locker room and the guys were beat, tired,
embarrassed. Trying to sum it all up, he said, "Guys, I just want you to keep one
thing in mind. Let's keep this in perspective. Eight hundred million Chinese
could neither care wvhether we w ...

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