But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many
shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased (Daniel 12:4).
Years ago my uncle, Joe Kelly, who lived in Louisville, Kentucky,
had a great restaurant. He would grill and barbecue and cook excellent
fried chicken. He told me there was an old man who came into town
driving an old car. The man came into his restaurant and tried to sell him
a chicken recipe. The man told Uncle Joe, “Joe, if you will just give me a
nickel per order, then I will let you get in on this.” My uncle laughed him
out of the store. The old man got back into his old car and drove away.
Uncle Joe prided himself in avoiding another crazy idea.
With a tear in his eye Uncle Joe said: “That man was Colonel Harland
Sanders.” Harland Sanders took his first social security check of $105 and
Dr. James Ray
started the business called Kentucky Fried Chicken. He didn't have much President/General Director
when he started, but the man had a vision. Today, two billion chicken
dinners are sold every year. Just think, a man with a vision and a social security check
of $105 today touches the lives of two billion people a year—with chicken. Colonel
Sanders saw the potential of using modern methods to spread his message of good
chicken. He could have remained content with his small chicken restaurant in Corbin,
Kentucky, but the man had a vision.
Uncle Joe was an enterprising businessman. He made money and he excelled.
However, on the day that Harland Sanders came by, he was “stuck in time” and missed
a great opportunity.
Some of us are old enough to remember “how it used to be.” Many of the young
people of this generation might be puzzled at the mention of days when there was the
“ice man” (no refrigerator), when butter had to be churned, when water came from a
2 BIMI WORLD – Number 3, 2009