Archive for September 2011

SERIES: Proverbs 14:4 – Put Your Oxen To Work – Part 4

Welcome to the latest series on JosephSangl.com – “Proverbs 14:4 – Put Your Oxen To Work”

Proverbs 14:4 – Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty, but from the strength of an ox comes an abundant harvest.

Part 4  Put your oxen to work!

This is the fun part!  As you put your oxen to work and provide adequate nourishment and attention, they will begin to work for you in ways you never thought possible.  Your 401(k) will grow without the need for any energy expenditure from you.  The rental house will produce income and increase in value even when you are on vacation.  The book that you’ve been wanting to write will be purchased by people from across the globe – even while you sleep.  The website will sell products without your direct involvement.  The team of people at your business will work to serve customers whether you are there or not.

Don’t make the mistake of thinking your oxen will work perfectly with zero involvement from you.  The last I checked, oxen will still wander off if you don’t provide them some direction and leadership.  Be sure to establish a system that allows you to always know the numbers and enables you to measure the health of your herd.

As your oxen work for you, they will truly provide an abundant harvest which will allow you to bless your family and those in need in ways you never thought possible.

TRUTH:  Oxen acquisition can allow you to enjoy an abundant harvest.

ACTION:  Will you share with me one thing that most connected with you during this series?

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SERIES: Proverbs 14:4 – Put Your Oxen To Work – Part 3

Welcome to the latest series on JosephSangl.com – “Proverbs 14:4 – Put Your Oxen To Work”

Proverbs 14:4 – Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty, but from the strength of an ox comes an abundant harvest.

Part 3  Acquire oxen.

The manger is empty when there are no oxen.  The manger is designed to hold food.  When faced with the decision of “empty manger/no food” versus “abundant harvest”, I am going to choose the abundant harvest every single time.  It is my belief that this would be your choice also.

Obviously, the critical step toward an abundant harvest is to have oxen.  These oxen, however, can be expensive.  Acquiring a McDonald’s franchise can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.  Starting a business can also cost an enormous amount of money.  So where does one start out?  We must start out just like everyone else – start where you are with what you have.

I challenge you to write down your plans, hopes, and dreams on paper.  Seriously, take five minutes to ponder your goals and write them down.  Now, next to each goal, write down how much each goal will cost.  This process will help you understand the necessity of acquiring an ox or two.

My oxen acquisition started by fully funding my 401(k).  I contributed the maximum amount allowed by law.  Notice that I did not contribute just enough to gain the company match.  This is a great start, but to truly get the 401(k) ox to work for me, I needed to maximize my contributions.  If you simply can’t contribute the maximum, start with a little and increase it on a consistent basis so that you will be maximizing it in just a few years.  These investments seemed so little at the start that it seemed pointless.  Just 15 years later, however, the 401(k) ox is healthy and doing a LOT of heavy lifting for me!  It will do the same for you.

Nine years ago, I was living paycheck-to-paycheck.  By applying myself little by little every single day, God has saw fit to bless me.  I am convinced beyond a shadow of doubt that He can do the same for you.

TRUTH:  Oxen acquisition can allow you to enjoy an abundant harvest.

We’ll talk more about putting the oxen to work in Part Four.

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Happy Anniversary To My Parents

It was 52 years ago today that my parents said, “I do!”

I’m glad they did!

Like any couple who has celebrated 52 years of marriage, they have kept their vows in spite of major challenges.  It is worthy of honor so here is a list of things I wanted to point out that make me proud to say I am a son of Roy and Sandra Sangl.

  • My father started a business from scratch and made it pay off.  I NEVER heard him complain about getting up to work.  EVER.  He was up long before I opened an eyelid.
  • My mother always had breakfast ready to roll.
  • They had six children – all of them boys – with the perfect ending of identical twin boys (I was one of them and they tell me I was born 7 minutes after my twin bro).
  • They survived the raising of all six of us without going completely crazy.
  • I was brought to church every Sunday AM, Sunday PM, Tuesday, and Thursday – then youth on Friday night
  • They raised us on a farm – complete with hogs, cows, chickens, ducks, dogs, cats, corn, soybeans, and wheat.
  • They raised us to be thrifty.
  • I got to observe business ownership from the inside – the good, the bad, and the ugly
  • My mother taught me how to crochet – which is a man-skill because if we get stuck in the jungle, I know how to do some serious weaving and knot-tying
  • Family gatherings have always been a priority.  I can’t remember a holiday growing up where there weren’t at least 30 to 40 people present.  For me, going to hang out with family has always been something I look forward to – not an obligation.
  • They are hilarious.  Trust me on this one.  Watching and listening to them is a rolling circus.

Mom and Dad – Congratulations on 52 years!

 

Happy Birthday To My Bride

 

It is my bride’s birthday.  That means I want to take this day to celebrate my bride’s birth!  I am so glad that the Lord saw fit to give her life!  She is a wonderful bride, wife, and mother.

Here are  10 Reasons I love my bride:

  1. She loves Jesus
  2. She loves me
  3. She is beautiful!
  4. She has carried two beautiful children into this world – a daughter and a son
  5. She is a neat-freak and our house is ALWAYS a welcoming environment because of her
  6. She is THE REASON I even get to do what I get to do – she is responsible for the entire crusade’s starting and its ability to continue impacting people across the world
  7. She is a saver with money and a risk-taker with life!
  8. She is a graduate of Purdue University (best school ever)
  9. She is my closest friend and confidant and provides the best counsel I have ever heard
  10. She is a leader – I believe that she could lead a ministry that has 1,000-times the impact that IWBNIN has had!

Those are just 10 reasons.  I could list at least 1,000 more.

I love you, my beautiful bride.  Happy Birthday!