1401 Charlestown Road
Phoenixville, PA 19460
800.432.8322 | 610.935.0450
1401 Charlestown Road | Phoenixville, PA 19460 | 610.935.0450
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“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” Henry Ford
Have you ever stood on a crowded street corner or even in a busy airport and wondered where everyone was going and what it is they do? And if you look closely at their faces you try to imagine where they are from and what they do. Sometimes their clothes or the way they walk or talk reveal clues but, at best, one can only guess.
The story has been told of a banker who was vacationing in a small coastal village. While walking near a pier he observed a small boat with just one fisherman. Inside the boat with the fisherman were several yellow-fin tuna. The businessman complimented the fisherman on the quality of his catch and asked how long it took to catch them. “Only a little while,” he replied.
The businessman then asked why he didn’t stay out longer and catch more fish. The fisherman said he had enough to support his family’s immediate needs. “But what do you do with the rest of your time?” the banker asked. The fisherman responded, “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take a nap in the afternoon, and stroll into the village each evening with my wife where we relax and sing and I play guitar with our friends. I have a full and busy life.”
The businessman scoffed, “You should spend more time fishing and with the proceeds, buy a bigger boat and with the proceeds buy a fleet of boats. Instead of selling your fish to a middleman, you could sell directly to a processor. You could eventually open your own cannery. You would control the product, processing and distribution. You could leave this small village and move to a big city where you could run your expanding enterprise.”
The fisherman smiled at the businessman, quietly gathered his catch and walked away.
I love that story because it centers on the very core of why we do what we do. If our quest is to obtain more things regardless of the cost, then it influences everything we do. How often we have seen some pay a sad price on their quest to their materialistic goal. More than one business person finds himself standing in an empty house having sacrificed his family. More than one educator has alienated her family on the way to earn yet one more graduate degree.
These words encourage us all:
So what are you chasing after?
Valley Forge Christian College is a private Christian College located in Chester County, Pennsylvania, 35 miles northwest of downtown Philadelphia. VFCC offers on its sprawling park-like campus, as well as online, 67 undergraduate and seven graduate degrees in the Arts, the Sciences and the Professions. The college's mission is to prepare individuals for a life of service and leadership in the church and in the world.