When Connie Mack organized the Philadelphia Athletics baseball team in 1901,
people made fun of them. John McGraw, who managed the New York Giants, called
them “The White Elephants.” Mack knew how to respond. He made the
white elephant the team logo. You will see it still today on the left sleeve of
the uniform of the Oakland A’s.

It’s a lesson for life. If people ridicule you, just turn it around and glory
in it. That will spoil their fun — and it will enhance your own stature.

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About The Author

Robert Shannon, a retired preacher living in North Carolina, began preaching at the age of 16. He has preached in churches in Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, and Florida, his longest ministry at First Christian Church of Largo Florida. Now in semi-retirement, he has preached regularly for churches in North Carolina and Tennessee. He has also contributed to kingdom work as a missionary to Eastern Europe and as a Bible College professor. He is past-president of the North American Christian Convention. Bob is the author or co-author of several books.

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