Missing Child

If a headmaster takes a whole year of school to the museum and at the end of the day one of the children is lost, what will he do? Won’t he leave the others in the foyer and go to search for the child that is lost until he finds it? And when he has found the lost child, he will hold their hand and sit next to them on the coach. And when they get back to the school he will tell their parents, ‘Thank goodness for that! We found your lost child.’ And those parents were more grateful for the return of their lost child than all the other parents whose children were returned safely.

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The Lost Gift

Suppose a woman goes shopping for Christmas presents for her family and when she gets home she finds that she has lost one. Won’t she retrace her steps back shops and call in at every place she has been that day until she finds it?

And when she finds it, she will call in on the other shops to let them know, ‘Don’t worry, all is well, thanks for your concern but you can relax and be happy for me because I have found my lost gift.’

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The Evil Property Owner

A property developer built a block of flats, furnished all the flats, built a wall around it, landscaped a beautiful garden and had individual garages built for the occupants. Then he hired an agent to manage the property and moved to another country. At the time to collect the ground rent, he sent his friends to collect his portion of the money. But the property agents grabbed his friends, and beat them up. So the landowner sent a larger group of his friends, with solicitors and an armed guard to collect for him, but the results were the same.

 

Finally, the owner sent his son, thinking, ‘Surely they will respect him.’

 

But when the property agents saw his son coming and they said to one another, ‘Here comes the heir to this estate. Come on, let’s kill him and get the estate for ourselves!’ So they grabbed him, dragged him out of the block of flats, and murdered him.

They did not think about what the owner might do to them when he came back in person. He would punish the wicked agents with a gruesome death and lease the block of flats to others who will give him his share of the ground rent each year.

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Drop Everything

Suppose a stuntman wants to jump a gorge with his car. Wouldn’t he first consult with physicists, logisticians and technicians to work out if it was actually possible? And if he calculated that his car was too heavy and not able to perform the daring feat, he will send his support group to the area to see if it would be possible on a motorcycle instead. Either way, if he’s going to commit to it he’ll concentrate all his energy on it and rid himself of anything that would hinder or weigh him down.

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