For years I’ve been thinking that my very first Conquest article was in the 90’s
when a religious TV station went on the air in Kansas City. The owners were Al and Vidy Metsker, and a monthly magazine called
"Conquest" was published by them.
I wrote frequently for that publication,
and when Al and Vidy died and the son took over, the time came for it to be sold, so of course the magazine folded. But I
kept on writing in a website, www.billthorntonconquests.com, and am still at it, and have reached viewers in 79 countries
at this writing.
But in rummaging through old papers in one of my closets, I
came across a brief article with a note on it, "Is this my first Conquest article?" If I may, I’ll read it
It’s dated April 25, 1957 while I was in college. I called it "The
While sitting one day, watching a goldfish vainly and repeatedly
try to nose his way through his glass bowl, the thought came to me; "Here is why God doesn’t answer all our prayers.
Though we think we see what we want, we cannot possibly foresee the future and the consequences of the happenings in our lives.
Here, this goldfish wants through the glass, but if an unseen hand magically opened the way for him to escape, he would surely
die in minutes!
If God should give us everything we ask for, how soon would
requests for what we need change to pleas for what we want! Only the Master can look through the window between the present
and the future. Our task is to have the humbleness to ask Him only to lead us in the way which He knows is right.
That’s it. Brief, but to the point. So far as I know, the first Conquest article I ever wrote. They’re
in the hundreds now, and although I only use one each week, I write any time the Lord gives me a thought, so when I’m
gone, there’ll still be hundreds no one will ever see. But as I’ve told you before, one of my many "Thorntonisms"
is that "God gives us hobbies to keep us out of mischief." I’m thankful that He keeps me busy with things
that may help someone. One more Thorntonism: "I’d rather be a blessing than to get one!"