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She’s Tough – But Loving By Zig Ziglar

Zig Ziglar - Character

Sister Connie Driscoll is a nun who is working miracles among the drug- and alcohol-addicted homeless in Chicago.  Her program keeps 95% of her formerly homeless clients from ever returning to the streets.  Her cost is about $7.35 per person per day.

How?  She starts with a 7:30 p.m. curfew and a 6:30 a.m. wake-up call.  She also includes periodic shake-downs and drug tests.  She holds each of the residents accountable for their own behavior and performance.  Her facility is St. Martin de Poores House of Hope, where “tough love” really does mean tough.

Sister Connie is a Korean War veteran who grew up on a farm where she was no stranger to manual labor.  Sledge hammers in hand, she and colleague Sister Therese smashed through a few brick walls in their decrepit, donated building which they soon filled with homeless women and children.  Some of her tenants complained about the food and others refused to make their beds or used drugs on the premises.  They even said, “I don’t have to sweep the floor, because I have the right.”  At this point, Sister Connie simply said, “Nope.”  She began searching under toilet seats and lifting mattresses, looking for drugs.  She called in a police SWAT team for a seven a.m. drug raid on her residence.  She means business.  Residents subject themselves to this treatment because they know that it is their last hope to escape the misery which has become a part of their lives.

Twelve-step Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous sessions are mandatory, as are high school equivalency classes and sessions in child care, housekeeping and preparing for job interviews.  Staff members teach the women comparison shopping and check-book balancing. Sister Connie knows that for most of her clients the chief problem is not lack of money, but lack of personal responsibility.  She tells the women, “No matter who caused your problems, only you can solve them.”  Wouldn’t it be neat if we had a Sister Connie with her staff of committed people who work for virtually nothing and give it their all in places all over the country?  If we did, we’d see those people AT THE TOP, as well.

Zig Ziglar is known as America’s Motivator.  He authored 33 books and produced numerous training programs.  He will be remembered as a man who lived out his faith daily.

Count your Blessings By Zig Ziglar/Jill Tibbels

Count Your Blessings
Zig Ziglar - Count Your Blessings

Question: As an American do you really realize what you have as versus the poorest of the poor in the Third World?

Suppose you had to do these things:

Number one, remove the furniture in your home, leave a few old blankets, a kitchen table, a wooden chair, and remember – you’ve never had a bed.

Number two, throw out your clothes.  Each family member may keep the oldest suit, dress, a shirt or blouse.  The head of the family may keep their shoes.

Number three, no kitchen appliances allowed.  Keep a box of matches, a small bag of flour, some sugar and salt, a few onions, a dish of dried beans.  Rescue the moldy potatoes from the garbage can.  That’s tonight’s meal.

Number four, dismantle the bathroom, shut off the running water, take out the wiring and the lights and everything that’s run by electricity.

Number five, take away the house and move the family into the tool shed.

Number six, note there are no other houses in the neighborhood, just shanties – for the fortunate ones.

Number seven, cancel the newspaper and magazines and throw out the books.  You won’t miss them since you are illiterate.  No radio or tv, either.

Number eight, no more mail carrier, fire fighters, government services.  The two-classroom school is three miles away.

Number nine, no hospital, no doctor.  Closest clinic is ten miles away with a midwife in charge.  Get there by bus or bicycle, if you have one.

Number ten, throw out your bank books, stock certificates, pension plans, insurance policies.  Your net worth is five dollars.

Number eleven, get out and start cultivating your three acres.  Try hard to raise $300 in cash crops, of which your landlord gets one-third and your money-lender 10%.

Number twelve, find a way for your children to bring in a little money, so you have something to eat most days.  However, it won’t be enough to keep you healthy, so lop off 25-30 years of your life.

We do have it good, so work hard to make it even better.

Zig Ziglar is known as America’s Motivator.  He authored 33 books and produced numerous training programs.  He will be remembered as a man who lived out his faith daily.