Texas Fear of Flying
A very successful Texas businessman once learned he was about to close the biggest deal in his company's history. But to do that, he'd have to be in New York by the next morning. He'd never in his life flown, due to his dreadful fear of airplanes. With the greatest reluctance, he allowed his secretary to book him on the next flight to LaGuardia.
So he nervously boarded his DC-6, buckled himself tightly into his seat, and he said a silent prayer. Storm systems were building over the Plains States, and the sturdy aircraft soon hit very heavy turbulence. The sweating businessman was tossed around in his seat, and it seemed to him the very aircraft was shaking so violently they'd all soon crash.
Finally, in desperation, he turned to prayer again: "Lord, get me through this safely, and I promise you I'll give you have of everything I own!"
As if by miracle, the DC-6 reached calm air. The entire rest of the flight was unusually smooth, and the businessman was beginning to almost enjoy the view from his window. The aircraft descended smoothly to a perfect touchdown and rolled to a stop at La Guardia. In a good mood now, the businessman strode jauntily down the exit stairway.
A hand clasped his shoulder from behind. A smiling preacher-man told him, "Son, I heard what you promised the Lord, and I can help you keep your word to Him."
The businessman replied, "Oh, Reverend, the Lord and I already negotiated a better deal."
"Yes! I promised the Lord that if he ever got me on one of those things again, he could have ALL of it."