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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Zig Ziglar's Independence Day

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Zig Ziglar did not have to wait until death in order to experience a freeing of the soul.  That happened to him long ago – on Independence Day 1972.

At the time, Ziglar was already 45 years old. reports that although his mother "had raised him to live a life of faith," he had not been "truly living a godly life" until then.  Having lived in the Deep South at a time when racial prejudice was rampant, Ziglar's mother had tried to teach her children otherwise. She would tell them that "one day we would stand in front of a colorblind Lord."  However, holy exhortations did not take root into Ziglar's psyche
until an "elderly black woman" walked into his house on July 4, 1972 – speaking of faith and lamenting Ziglar's lack of it.  She told him:  God's been waiting on you a long time.  Ziglar became a Christian that very weekend. 

He never looked back.

When Jason Karpf of Everyday Christian interviewed Ziglar in 2009, a number of questions regarding Ziglar's practical application of faith came up.  When asked how somebody could be both a good Christian and a good salesperson, Ziglar replied:  By living by the Golden Rule – treating clients and customers as he or she would like to be treated…  Selling is something we do for our clients – not to our clients.  When questioned about the "unique challenges and advantages that Christians face in the business world," Ziglar answered:  I suggest the greatest challenge to Christians in the business world is within – making the heart determination… to live by God's principles and sticking with it…  I believe the greatest advantages are in the obvious watch care and protection our Heavenly Father promises His own if we will live our lives committed and consecrated to Him.

Copyright November 29, 2012 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved


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