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Many of the inspirations and ideas for this column come from other sources. This week I am sharing a story that a friend sent to me.

There once was a man who had nothing for his family to eat.

He had an old shot gun and three bullets. So he decided that he would go out and kill something for dinner. As he went down the road, he saw a rabbit and shot at it and missed. Then he saw a wild turkey in the tree and had only one bullet. A voice came to him and said, “Pray first, aim high and stay focused.” He saw a deer which was a better kill. He brought the gun down and aimed at the deer. But then he saw a rattlesnake between his legs about to bite him, so he naturally brought the gun down further to shoot the rattle snake. Still, the voice said again to him, “I said pray, aim high and stay focused.” He decided to listen to the voice. He prayed, aimed the gun high up in the tree and shot the wild turkey.

The bullet bounced off the turkey and killed the deer. The handle fell off the gun and hit the snake in the head. When the gun went off, it knocked him in the pond. When he stood up, he had fish in all of his pockets, a dead deer and turkey to take home for his family’s food. The snake (Satan) was dead simply because he had listened to God.

Why is this important to people of our county? We belong to groups that set goals and also have our personal goals. As our goals are set, we should pray for what we want to accomplish. Then we need to stay focused. Do not lose sight because of gossip, tradition or misunderstandings. Discouragement may make us think about changing or dropping our goals, but we can achieve much good in our county by remembering:

Pray first, aim high, and stay focused!

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