Reading: Luke 11: 8
Persistence. I was reminded of a story over the recent holiday season that dealt with gift-giving and persistence. Seems a few years ago, my college roommate’s mother wanted to get those collectible Hess Gas Station trucks to give to relatives for Christmas. She needed almost 20 to give out and called on assistance from her son and me. The people at the gas station only allowed two trucks per customer so we each took our turns and went in, buying two trucks at a time. We even changed our appearance by putting glasses on, taking them off, and even going in the store without a coat on. Needless to say, in a short amount of time, we had all the trucks we needed– and a great story to tell.
I never owned a Hess truck before that Christmas. And it was during that Christmas that I got my first one– and second one. My parents thought the story was funny and went out and bought me one. My roommate also thought I should have one so there they were in my possession: two Hess trucks to always remind me of that Friday afternoon when I went in and out of the doors of the gas station many, many times.
Persistence. It can get you much in life. Besides, if you don’t get anything else, it will get your roommate’s mother nearly 20 Hess trucks, two toy trucks to call your own, and a story to tell every Christmas! --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
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