Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Chicago Bears, Free Furniture & God's Blessings

Congratulations to the Chicago Bears for their shutout of the Green Bay Packers on September 10. Congratulations to all those who received free furniture because of the 26-0 win. According to the Chicago Tribune 206 families received free furniture from purchases made over the Labor Day weekend because Randy Gonigam, furniture store owner and Bears fan, had promised that all purchases over the holiday weekend would be free if the Bears shutout the Packers.

Gonigam was both frustrated with the Bears quality of play and he wanted to sell furniture. He thought his combined interests would make for an interesting promotion and he also thought it was a safe bet since the Green Bay Packers had not been shut out in 16 years. Now Gonigam is writing off $300,000 worth of furniture!

For one woman this meant her $5,000 master bedroom set was free. For one man it meant his $1,500 book shelving was free. And so the giveaway went. One customer commented, “This is the luckiest day of my life.”

In this story everyone is a winner (except for the Packers). The Bears win, the furniture customers win and even Gonigam wins. He received a lot of free publicity and calls from CNN and MSNBC about the promotion not to mention he took out an insurance policy just in case the Bears pulled off the shutout.

What would it take for you to have the “luckiest day of your life?”

Everyday Christ followers personally enjoy friendship with the Creator of the Universe. Everyday we see God bring healing to broken hearts, hope to despair, guidance to the confused and companionship to the lonely. Yes, God is the Almighty who holds our world together and He is the Judge that we all answer to, but He is also our Father, our Savior and the Lover of our Soul. The day you begin a relationship with God is the luckiest day of your life.

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