The Declaration of a Hope Giver: Part 1
I am writing this paper for all the Hope-Seekers like myself who want
to expand their lives and prosper but there is an even bigger purpose
behind it all. This paper is for those who also want to become
Before you begin, let me tell you
upfront that this is NOT a 59 page sales letter. There is no pitch at
the end or easy buy button to push, so you don’t have to read
waiting for the hammer to fall, because it’s not coming.
This is a Declaration to get you
to think, to WAKE UP, and to help you avoid the Hope-Mongers that, in
my opinion are ruining Internet marketing and life in general for all
of us. Maybe by bringing this issue out in the open we can form some
kind of community or at least a movement for those who truly want to be
Working together we will all be
able to enjoy the fullness of life and the rewards that God has in
store for us. I’d like to see Internet marketing and Internet
business move from the elitist position which it holds now, to
something that is open to all. Since the over-all concept is best told
in the story, let’s start with the story…
The Story of a Hope-Giver
In the world of the living,
In the Land of Hope, there are 3 kinds of people—
Hope-Seekers, Hope-Mongers and Hope-Givers.
Which one are you?
Hope is the oxygen in our blood that carries anticipation and expectation to every cell of our bodies.
Hope is essential to life and to some degree or another, we are all Hope-Seekers--and that's a good thing.
But then there are also the Merchants of Hope--either Hope-Mongers or Hope-Givers and that's where our story begins.
In the world of the living, in the Land of Hope there was a village. In
that village there was a baker who baked the most wonderful bread in
the world. Everyone bought the baker’s bread. It was warm and
lightly sweet; crisp on the outside tender on the inside, as perfect as
bread could be. The baker raised his own wheat and made his own bread
and since everyone in the village bought from him, he was a very
One day the Hope-Seekers of the village came to the baker and said,
“Can you teach us how to sell bread so we can be as prosperous as
“You have been wonderful customers,” the baker said.
“Of course I will teach you, but you will need to come with me
for several months to learn how to plant the wheat,
understand the soil and the weather, then we must tend the wheat, harvest the….”
“No, No, No,” the Hope-Seekers cried, “We don’t
want to do all that, we just want to sell the bread and be prosperous
like you. There has to be a faster, better way than what you are
“I’m sorry,” said the baker, “but what I am telling you is the truth, you need to do it this way.”
The Hope-Seekers hung their heads and were very sad as they left the
baker, but agreed that they would go on seeking because after
all—they were Hope-Seekers!
A New Merchant of Hope
Before long a new baker came to
town and set up a table in the courtyard. His bread smelled as
wonderful as the old baker’s bread, it looked as wonderful as the
bread and perhaps because the new baker gave away free samples, it
tasted even better than the old baker’s bread. Not only this, but
the new baker started charging less then
the old baker so everyone bought the new baker’s bread. Soon the
Hope-Seekers approached the new baker and said “We want to be as
prosperous as you, can you show us how to sell bread?”
“Sure,” said the new baker. But before he could continue
the Hope-Seekers said, “But don’t tell us it’s going
to take work and time and learning like the old baker told us, we just
want to sell the bread and be prosperous like you.”
“Not to worry,” said the new baker, “I have a secret
and I can give you my secret in two days. That’s right! In two
days you will know as much as I do and you will be able to sell bread
and be prosperous just like me.”
The Hope-Seekers cheered and danced with joy, this is just what they
wanted to hear and in two days they would all start to be prosperous.
Then the new baker said, “Now this is going to cost you and cost
you a lot because this is my only secret. But you shouldn’t mind
because in two days you will know what I know and be prosperous like
The Hope-Seekers got together that night and talked to each other.
“He is asking a lot of money,” one Hope-Seeker said.
“But in two days we will start to make it all back,”
another Hope-Seeker replied. Back and forth they went until finally the
dream of being just as prosperous as the bakers won out and they put
all their money together and agreed to buy.
The next day the Hope-Seekers came to town and paid the new baker.
“You will not regret this,” said the new baker and he
passed out freshly baked loaves of bread free to all the Hope-Seekers.
“In two days you will know as much as I do and be on your way to
selling your own bread.”
The very sound of those words made the bread they were eating taste
better; hope filled the Hope-Seekers and they were so excited they
could barely sleep. Some of them even stopped by the old baker’s
shop to tell him that in two days they would know as much as he did,
without all the work he had told them they needed. He smiled and wished
them the best and went back to baking.
The Day Hope Arrived
On the second day all the
Hope-Seekers gathered in the village waiting for the new baker’s
secret. A coach pulled into town and began to unload its delivery.
“It’s here, it’s here!” cried the Hope-Seekers,
as bright red boxes were unloaded from the coach.
There were 5 beautiful boxes each bigger than the next. They started
with the biggest box. When they unwrapped it, they found it filled with
beautiful pictures of the bread in
every size and shape imaginable. “How wonderful!” everyone
cheered as their anticipation grew. “If our bread looks this good
surely everyone will buy,” shouted one man and
They then unwrapped the second box and it was filled with recipes on
how to cook all the wonderful bread. “Look, Look!” said
everyone. “This is wonderful.”
Then they opened the third box and it was filled with letters from so
many people who had bought the bread talking about how good it tasted
and how healthy it was and how
they would buy it at twice the price if needed. As each letter was read
the Hope-Seekers cheered over and over. Their dreams had come
true; surely if this many people bought
the bread they would have no problem selling it.
The Hope-Seekers couldn’t wait to get to the fourth box and when
they opened it the air exploded with the rich fragrance of freshly
baked bread. Inside the box were candles and incense that made you
think the bread was right there in front of you. The overwhelming
delightful smell was so strong that none of the Hope-Seekers even asked
needed candles and incense, they just couldn’t get enough of the smell.
Finally there was one box left, the smallest of the group and written
on it were the words, “Herein lies the secret!”
They all gathered round and slowly pealed back the paper. Inside was a small sack of seeds and next to it was a note.
The note read:
“Herein lies the secret to selling this wonderful bread.”
1. Plant the seed
2. Water the seed
3. Nurture the seed
4. Harvest the seed
5. Grind the seed
6. Bake the bread
7. Sell the bread
Good Luck to you all!!!
“What? That’s it?” the Hope-Seekers cried!
“We’ve been cheated, we’ve been robbed. The new baker lied to us!!!”
All the mad Hope-Seekers marched to the Magistrate’s office and
demanded that the new baker be brought to justice. “He lied to
us, he took our money!” they all cried.
The Magistrate said, “I am not a baker, I don’t know if he lied.”
“Go get the old baker, he will tell you, he will show you
we’re right.” The Hope-Seekers didn’t wait for the
Magistrate to act; they went to the bakers shop and brought him to the
“What can you tell me,” the Magistrate asked, “Did the new baker lie? Should I arrest him?"
The old baker looked at all the pictures from the first box and said,
“It is true, these are the pictures of the bread.”
Then he looked at the recipes and said, “These recipes are true, this is how you bake the bread.”
Then he looked at the letters and said, “I don’t know who
Jane P. or Howie J. are but what they are saying is consistent with
what is true about the bread.”
Then he smelled the candles and incense and said, “This truly does smell like the bread.”
Then he carefully read the secret note and said, “Yes, what he has said here in this note is true.”
The Hope-Seekers where shocked and began to shout with rage.
“This can’t be true; there is nothing we can do with this
information. We don’t know how to plant the seed, or
harvest the crop or grind the grain. We don’t know any of this,
so we can't make the bread much less sell the bread. How could you
agree with the new baker? He robbed us!”
The Magistrate quieted the crowd and the old baker stood up and said,
“Everything the new baker told you was true, but what he
didn’t tell you was THE TRUTH.”
“The truth is what I told
you when you first came to me, but that’s not what you wanted to
hear. He sold you what you wanted to hear, all of it was true, but not
the whole truth.”
The Hope-Seekers were devastated when they realized the new baker was a
Hope-Monger, who instead of giving them hope had actually taken it away.
“Could you help us?” the people asked the old baker.
“You have always been good customers of mine; of course I will
help you. But you must learn the soil, learn the weather, learn how to
nurture the grain…” the old baker explained it all and the
Hope-Seekers started to get their hope back.
“You continue to buy my bread until I can teach you to sell your
own. But then you too must be a Hope-Giver and teach others who desire
to expand their lives—that’s what
Hope-Givers do. There is plenty for all of us when we work together.
Hope-Mongers don’t want to share they want it all for themselves.
What they sell, and at a very high price, are dreams—which are
only wishes and wants. They know the dreams cannot be realized unless
more information is given, but instead of helping they just sell more
hopeless dreams. Hope is the expectation of something real not a dream.
Hope-Givers do sell as they must for the sake of fair trade and to obey
the laws of Creation, but what the Hope-Givers offer is the truth and
that indeed gives us all hope.”
In the World of the living,
In the Land of Hope there are 3 kinds of people—
Hope-Seekers, Hope-Mongers and Hope-Givers, which one
will you be?
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