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Sloopy's slays a giant

December 5th, 2011 10:43 am by Staff Report

Sloopy's slays a giant

By Mr. Sloopy - Steve Warren


Sloopy’s recently took national chain, Five Guys, down to break a tie and, finally, determine who has the best hamburger in the Tri-Cities area at the best price.


Sloopy’s received an overwhelming response from the community during the brief, "Sloopy’s Challenge," three-week balloting period. Of the 501 votes cast, Sloopy’s captured 483 of the votes, leaving Five Guys on the mat with only a 17-vote approval rating. Only one vote was invalidated.


The Bible says that Goliath claimed to be Number One. And Goliath taunted the Israelites for 40 days on the battlefield. But a diminutive shepherd boy by the name of David courageously came forward and slayed the giant in the name of the Lord.


It became the best takedown of all time and an inspiration to those of us who are facing the everyday challenges of life. David’s faith is a vivid reminder that "little is much when God is in it!"


Sloopy’s doesn’t really claim to have the Number One hamburger, but we can claim that we will provide you with one of the best hamburgers in the Tri-Cities area because, when we serve you, we are serving our Lord Jesus. And that, my friends, holds us to the highest standards. We also offer other great menu items as well.


I’m sure some of you are facing your own giants right now, especially during the Christmas season. You are being taunted by unemployment, a serious illness, a heart-breaking relationship, unruly children, a DUI, addictions, maybe even chronic depression or loneliness.


There are probably times when you feel your situation is hopeless, or you may be so worn out and stressed that you are not sure you have the strength to get through another day. But I can assure you that no matter what type of giant you are facing, he can be defeated if you take the Lord Jesus Christ with you onto the battlefield.


Sloopy’s has taken on plenty of giants these last 15 years. Honestly, there were times when quitting or giving up seemed like the only option. Discouragement and hopelessness, like a lot of giants, will defeat you if you let them.


The battle for us began in 1996 when we purchased Sloopy’s as investors in a partnership. But a negative cash flow drove away our partners and the restaurant got dumped into our laps.


It’s a pretty scary thing to take over a struggling business when you have no restaurant experience, limited resources, and your back is up against the proverbial wall.


But over time, I learned a very valuable lesson that I would like to share with you: "The size of your God will determine the size of your giant."


David didn’t measure Goliath from his perspective. He saw Goliath from God’s perspective. Imagine how small and inconsequential Goliath looked to God, mindful that God had already laid the foundations of the earth and had already set the oceans in their place.


So take heart. The Bible says that all things are possible with God. The difficult He can do immediately, and the impossible doesn’t take Him any longer. Every problem, therefore, has a solution. For every setback, there can be a comeback.


Don’t be afraid to take on those giants when they storm into your life. Don’t let yourself be intimidated. Just don’t try and take them on alone. Like David, you will need a bodyguard - a Savior whose birthday we celebrate Dec. 25. Your battle belongs to Him!


Thanks for your ongoing support.


Have a Merry Christmas!

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