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When Dr. W.A. Criswell, pastor of the largest Southern Baptist Church in North America, was preaching I the North Shore Baptist Church in Chicago, he was entertained at the home of deacon James L. Kraft who was the superintendent of the Sunday School and founder of Kraft foods. Kraft said that as a young man he had a desire to be the most famous manufacturer and salesman of cheese in the world. He planned on becoming rich and famous by making and selling cheese. He began as a young man with a little buggy pulled by a pony named Paddy. After making his cheese, the youth would load his wagon and he and Paddy would drive down the streets of Chicago to sell the cheese. As the months passed the young Kraft began to despair because he was not making money, in spite of his long hours and hard work.


One day he pulled his pony to a stop and began to talk to him. He said “Paddy, there is something wrong. We are not doing it right. I am afraid we have thing turned around and our priorities are not where they ought to be. Maybe we ought to serve God and place Him first in our life.” Kraft then drove home and made a covenant that for the rest of his life he would first serve God and then would work as God directed.


Many years after this, Dr. Criswell heard James Kraft say, “I would rather be a layman in the North Shore Baptist Church than to head the greatest corporation in America. My First Job is serving Jesus.”

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