One day you dream a dream, and the next day you find yourself in the pits.
Harland Sanders invested his life in a restaurant and motel. He started by selling chicken in a gas station at the age of 40. The chicken got so popular that he opened a motel with a restaurant that would seat 142. Harland put every dime he made back into Sander’s Restaurant and Motel.
The Restaurant and Motel would be his retirement. Then the Kentucky highway department re-routed the interstate. The thriving business quickly dried up. Sanders was 62. He didn’t want to spend the rest of his life living on $105 Social Security checks. So Harland Sanders hit the road. His new plan was to sell his chicken recipe in the form of a franchise. The first taker was a fellow in Salt Lake City named, Pete Harman. Interesting.
The first true Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant wasn’t in Kentucky. It was in Salt Lake City. The rest as they say, Is history. The chicken business took off and Colonel Harland Sanders became one of the most recognized faces on the planet.
Walt Disney was on the verge of hitting it big. He had a successful cartoon character named Oswald the Rabbit. But there was a hitch. Disney’s distributor, Walter Mintz, owned the name of the Rabbit. Walt and his new wife boarded a train to New York to try to convince Mintz to renegotiate a contract and give him more money from the success of the films. To Walt’s surprise Mintz had a different idea. He presented the animator with a contract for LESS money. Mintz wanted to “repossess” Oswald. He figured if he could hire away Disney’s best people he would capture the Disney magic. Imagine Walt Disney’s frustration. He created a successful character and now it was all gone.
On the train ride home Disney was in the pits. As he thought and planned Disney doodled on a napkin. Three circles. A new lead character. What would it be? How about a mouse?
Dreams come with pits. Let me give you a verse next time you find yourself in the pits. Remember this one.
(Jeremiah 29:11) For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.