July 15; “Joseph Meister Lived”
MANAGEMENT BY THE BOOK:
365 Daily Bible Verse &
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Chapter Seven: Power; 15 July

And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times,

having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

As it is written: “They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor;

their righteousness endures forever.”

2 Corinthians 9:8-9

“Joseph Meister Lived”

Tombstone

Harry Truman held a press conference near the end of his presidency in 1952 and said,

I have tried my best to give the nation everything I have in me. There are a great many people…who could have done the job better than I did it. But I had the job and I had to do it. I always quote an epitaph which is in the cemetery at Tombstone, Arizona. It says, “Here lies Jack Williams. He did his [d@mnedest].”

Many faith traditions do not hold for a works theology; but that our good works can live beyond us in the people we leave behind as we are moved on to our eternal reward. Although good works are not a condition for salvation, we should do our darnedest [sic] to help people.

When Your Business Professor was first consulting, the only thing I had to sell was my time and talent, such as it was. A mentor advised, “Always have an on-going pro bono assignment—doing a project for a client at no-charge.” He explained, “It offers an explanation to decline the freeloaders.” It also has the added benefit of being true.

When we become the ‘dearly departed’ –and we all will—what difference will we have made to those who remain on this celestial orb?

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Joseph Schumpeter was one of the leading economists of our time and had served as Finance Minister of Austria in 1919. He once wanted to be remembered as “Europe’s greatest lover of beautiful women…”

He is best remembered for his theories on the evolution of capitalism as “creative destruction.” He was a bigamist. He would pursue his many carnal and economic interests immigrating to the USA to teach at Harvard.

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A universal carnal interest was Marilyn Monroe.  She was interesting and did a lot of entertaining but made not much of a lasting difference. She was the first Playboy magazine centerfold. Everybody wanted her body. But, then, nobody wanted her body. She committed suicide in 1962. The historian William Manchester writes,

Her corpse, Coroner’s Case No. 81128, lay unclaimed at the Los Angeles County Morgue until Joe DiMaggio [husband number two of three, or maybe four] arrived to arrange the funeral.

Marilyn had given no thought to the disposal of her coffin, but it would be incorrect to say that she had not anticipated her last act. She had, and she had left exact instructions for it. As she had requested, her makeup was by Allan Snyder, her costume by Margie Plecher, and her hair style by Agnes Flanagan.

Her goal in life was to be a mother. She had a number of miscarriages and rumors of a dozen abortions.

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In the mid 1800’s a mother in France was hysterical. A rabies-infected dog bit her nine-year boy, Joseph Meister. She brought him to Louis Pasteur who had been working on a vaccine. He injected the experimental doses over 10 days.

Pasteur’s innovative work as a chemist and microbiologist advanced the study of bacterial contamination. This would lead to the process that would bear his name benefitting generations to come: the pasteurization of milk and, (maybe more important for the French) wine.

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Schumpeter at the end of his life said, “I want to be remembered as having been the teacher who converted half a dozen brilliant students into first-rate economists…You know…I have now reached the age where I know that being remembered for books and theories is not enough. One does not make a difference unless it is a difference in the lives of people.”

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In 1992, Playboy founder Hugh Hefner paid $75,000 for the burial crypt next to Marilyn Monroe.

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Pasteur wanted to forever celebrate saving the life of one little boy. The pioneer of immunology asked for three words on his gravestone, “Joseph Meister Lived.”

And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written: “They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor; their righteousness endures forever.” 2 Corinthians 9:8-9

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