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January 13, 2010

Jolly’s Store – – Part 2

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(If you did not read Jolly’s Store – – Part 1, I suggest you read it first.

Now my part at the store:  I was one of those delivery boys!  Plus, I worked after school and other times when I was available.   Even as a ninth and tenth grader, I was capable to do most everything except cut certain pieces of meat.  I loved the store and assumed it would be mine one day.  My parents trusted me with the store and the customers had respect for my servicing them.  This was proven when my parents decided to take a vacation for a week.  They allowed me to run the business for the week.  There were two friends of mine that worked at the store.  One full-time and one part-time.  With their help, my parents knew the daily operations would be secure.  Then, too, my grandfather was still in town and could come if needed.  He did come once a day to cut roast and other cuts of meat that I did not feel experienced enough to do.

What my folks did not know was my big plan while they were gone.  A few months before in Decatur, a “chain” store, as we called it, opened.  I went in and saw this super market.  People would go around and get what they wanted and then pay by going through a checkout line.  I got a great  vision for Jolly’s Store.

While my parents were in Florida, with the help of my friends, I rearranged the store.  We made it  self-service with a checkout line.  It was a little confusing to the customers, and we did not have shopping carts, but we would help the people get their items to the counter as  always.   I was already dreaming about the day I would have the store and would be competitive with these big new stores!

Then my folks came back.  They were not at all excited about the changes.  In fact, we will keep in private  how they reacted.  Let’s just say, my friend and I spent the next several hours putting things back just like they had been for years!

I think that was the beginning of the end of Jolly’s Store.  It was shortly after this that my parents decided to sell the store.  My father was offered his old job back, a friend wanted to buy the store, and so Jolly’s Store came to an end.  The new owner sold the building and relocated to a smaller building in town.  I did work for him part-time for a while to help him get established.

The word in the family and among friends was that my mother said, “We are going to sell the store.  We do not want Lawson, Jr. to be in the business.”  Would I have made it a career?  Who can ever know?  I would have loved it, but I know if I had stayed in love with  Jolly’s Store, I would have missed what God had for me.  Did God use that decision of my parents to aid in maneuvering me to where I would get in tune with His will for me?  You figure it out.  I will not try.  I just know that regardless of my love for that business, God had a better plan for my life.  We need to seek His plan, and not our plan. That is success in life.

“Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”  (Proverbs  19:21)         “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans  to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  (Jeremiah 29:11)




  1. Thank you for sharing your heart, Lawson. As you know I am retired now at the age of 60 and am seeking God’s will as to what my next step is. Either to seek other employment or something else. Pray for me as I seek God’s will for my life.

    Comment by Dudley Henry — January 13, 2010 @ 9:29 am | Reply

  2. You make the store come to life and I also love how God used a tiny, southern, strong-willed Mama to close the store and open your future.

    Comment by jjr, mo — January 13, 2010 @ 10:44 am | Reply

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