So now we come back to Frank Gunsaulus on the morning of his great sermon, on the crest of success. Will he crest that mountain and finally grab the money that has been waiting for him? Is this the point where his idea, dreams, and success finally converge?
Preparing For Success
“Next morning I arose early, went into the bathroom, read the sermon, then knelt on my knees and asked that my sermon might come to the attention of someone who would supply the needed money.
“While I was praying I again had that feeling of assurance that the money would be forthcoming. In my excitement, I walked out without my sermon, and did not discover the oversight until I was in my pulpit and about ready to begin delivering it.
The Subconscious Knows
“It was too late to go back for my notes, and what a blessing that I couldn’t go back! Instead, my own subconscious mind yielded the material I needed. When I arose to begin my sermon, I closed my eyes, and spoke with all my heart and soul of my dreams. I not only talked to my audience, but I fancy I talked also to God. I told what I would do with a million dollars if that amount were placed in my hands. I described the plan I had in mind for organizing a great educational institution, where young people would learn to do practical things, and at the same time develop their minds.
“When I had finished and sat down, a man slowly arose from his seat, about three rows from the rear, and made his way toward the pulpit. I wondered what he was going to do. He came into the pulpit, extended his hand, and said, ‘Reverend, I liked your sermon. I believe you can do everything you said you would, if you had a million dollars. To prove that I believe in you and your sermon, if you will come to my office tomorrow morning, I will give you the million dollars. My name is Phillip D. Armour.”’
The Money Awaits
Young Gunsaulus went to Mr. Armour’s office and the million dollars was presented to him. With the money, he founded the Armour Institute of Technology.
That is more money than the majority of preachers ever see in an entire lifetime, yet the thought impulse behind the money was created in the young preacher’s mind in a fraction of a minute. The necessary million dollars came as a result of an idea. Backing the idea was a desire which young Gunsaulus had been nursing in his mind for almost two years.
Observe this important fact…he got the money within thirty-six hours after he reached a definite decision in his own mind to get it, and decided on a definite plan for getting it!
There was nothing new or unique about young Gunsaulus’ vague thinking about a million dollars, and weakly hoping for it. Others before him, and many since his time, have had similar thoughts. But there was something very unique and different about the decision he reached on that memorable Saturday, when he put vagueness into the background, and said definitely, “I will get that money within a week!”
God seems to throw Himself on the side of the man who knows exactly what he wants, if he is determined to get just that!
Most importantly, the principle through which Dr. Gunsaulus got his million dollars is still alive! It is available to you! This universal law is as workable today as it was when the young preacher made use of it so successfully. This book describes, step by step, the thirteen elements of this great law, and suggests how they may be put to use.
If everyone in the world believed firmly in his or her success, and decided definitely to take action and see it through, we would have countless more stories like the story of Dr. Frank Gunsaulus and the founding of the Armour Institute of Technology. Gunsaulus was no more gifted than any one of us, except for the fact that he had the gifts of determination and desire, and they carried him to his end simply because he believed in them and followed the idea through.
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