Where there is a will, there is a way! Do you believe this?
Do you believe that if you really determine and desire something, anything, that it will come into physical reality?
A young preacher by the name of Frank w. Gunsaulus believed this and his desire came true!
Frank W. Gunsaulus began preaching in the stockyards of Chicago. While he was going through college he observed the many defects of the education system.
Defects he believed he could correct if he were the head of the college.
His deepest desire was to become the directing head of an educational institution in which Men and Women would be taught to learn by doing.
He made up his mind to organize a new college in which he could carry out his ideas, without being handicapped by orthodox methods of education.
But he needed a million dollars to put this project across!
He didn’t have that large sum of money. And could not make any real progress.
Every night he took this thought to bed, he woke up with it and took this thought everywhere he went. He turned it over in his mind until it became a consuming obsession to him.
A million dollars is a lot of money and he recognized that fact, but he also recognized the truth that the only limitation is that which one sets up in their own mind.
As a philosopher and preacher Dr. Frank W. Gunsaulus recognized as do all who succeed in life that the definiteness of purpose is the starting point from which one must begin to achieve their dreams and desires.
He recognized that the definiteness of purpose takes animation, life, and power when backed by a burning desire to translate that purpose into it’s material equivalent.
What is definiteness? It is clearly defined or determined purpose!
He knew all of the great truths, however he did not know where or how to lay his hands on a million dollars.
The natural procedure would be to give up and quit, saying “Ah well my idea is a good one but I cannot do anything with it, because I will never obtain a million dollars.
This is exactly what the majority of people will say, but not what Dr. Frank W. Gunsaulus did or said.
One day while in his room thinking ways and means to raise the money to carry out his plans, he realized that he had done nothing but think. He finally resolved that the time had come to take action!
He made up his mind, then and there, that he could get the necessary million dollars within a week.
What happened next was he called the newspaper and announced he would preach a sermon the following morning, entitled- “What I Would Do if I Had a Million Dollars.”
Long before midnight he had finished writing the sermon. He went to bed and slept with a feeling of confidence, for he could see himself already in possession of the million dollars.
The next morning he rose early, got ready in the bathroom, read his sermon, then knelt on his knees and asked that his sermon might grab the attention of someone who would supply the needed money.
At the pulpit where he begin his sermon to the audience, he spoke with all his heart and soul of his dreams.
He shared what he would do with a million dollars if that amount was placed in his hands.
He described his plans in organizing a great educational institution where young people would learn to do practical things, and at the same time develop their minds.
When he had finished and sat down, a man slowly arose from his seat and made his way toward the pulpit.
That man approached Dr. Gunsaulus with an extended hand and said, “Reverend, I liked your sermon. I believe you can do everything you said you would, if you had a million dollars. My name is Phillip D. Armour.”
Next, Dr. Gunsaulus went to Mr. Armour’s office the next morning and the million dollars was presented to him.
With that money Dr. Frank W. Gunsaulus founded the Armour Institute of Technology, now known as Illinois Institute of Technology which has been a existing legacy till today.
That is more money than the majority of preachers has seen in a lifetime yet the thought impulse back of the money was created in the young preacher’s mind in the fraction of a minute.
The necessary million dollars came as a result of the idea. Back of the idea was Desire which young Gunsaulus had been nursing in his mind for two years.
Understand the importance that he got the money within thirty-six hours after he reached a definite decision in his own mind to get it, and decided upon a definite plan of getting it.
There was nothing new or unique about young Gunsaulus’s vague thinking about a million dollars, and weary 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 definitely said; “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!
Moreover 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.
If you are one of those who believe that hard work and honesty alone will bring riches then perish the thought! It is not true!
Riches come, if they come at all, in response to definite demands, based upon the application of definite principles, and not by chance or luck.
Generally speaking an idea is an impulse of thought that implies action, by an appeal to the imagination.
I think of this important bible verse when reading about this story.
James 1:5-6 – 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.
Doubt is what will shut us down and keep us out and away from our dreams and desires.
What are your dreams and desires?
What are you doing to achieve this in your life?
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Thank you for reading!
Neil Saint Angeland