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WITandWISDOM(tm) - March 30, 1998
It's a grand person indeed who can laugh at himself with others and enjoy it as much as they do. - Quips & Quotes, E. C. McKenzie
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
Many people not only lose the benefit, but are even the worse for their mortifications [i.e., sacrifices, abstentions], . . . because they mistake the whole nature and worth of them: they practice them for their own sakes, as things good in themselves, they think them to be real parts of holiness, and so rest in them and look no further, but grow full of a self-esteem and self-admiration for their own progress in them. This makes them self-sufficient, morose, severe judges of all those that fall short of their mortifications. And thus their self-denials do only that for them which indulgences do for other people: they withstand and hinder the operation of God upon their souls, and instead of being really self-denials, they strengthen and keep up the kingdom of self. - William Law (1686-1761), The Spirit of Prayer
(Shared by Christian Quotation of the Day http://www.gospelcom.net/cqod/cqodlist.htm)
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
WE DIDN'T DO IT
A couple had two little boys, ages 8 and 10, who were excessively mischievous. The two were always getting into trouble and their parents could be assured that if any mischief occurred in their town, their two young sons were in some way involved.
The parents were at their wits' end as to what to do about their sons' behavior. The mother had heard that a clergyman in town had been successful in disciplining children in the past, so she asked her husband if he thought they should send the boys to speak with the clergyman. The husband said, "We might as well. We need to do something before I really lose my temper!" The clergyman agreed to speak with the boys, but asked to see them individually.
The 8-year-old went to meet with him first. The clergyman sat the boy down and asked him sternly, "Where is God?" The boy made no response, so the clergyman repeated the question in an even sterner tone, "Where is God?" Again the boy made no attempt to answer, so the clergyman raised his voice even more and shook his finger in the boy's face, "WHERE IS GOD?" At that the boy bolted from the room and ran directly home, slamming himself in his closet.
His older brother followed him into the closet and said, "What happened?"
The younger brother replied, "We are in BIG trouble this time. God is missing and they think we did it!"
(Shared by Sherry Fowler and Tim Colwell)
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
"Welcome aboard Southwest Flight XXX, to YYY. To operate your seatbelt, insert the metal tab into the buckle, and pull tight. It works just like every other seatbelt, and if you don't know how to operate one, you probably shouldn't be out in public unsupervised. In the event of a sudden loss of cabin pressure, oxygen masks will descend from the ceiling. Stop screaming, grab the mask, and pull it over your face. If you have a small child traveling with you, secure your mask before assisting with theirs. If you are traveling with two small children, decide now which you love more. Weather at our destination is 50 degrees with some broken clouds, but they'll try to have them fixed before we arrive. Thank you, and remember, nobody loves you, or your money, more than Southwest Airlines."
(Shared by Kitty's Daily Mews http://www.katscratch.com)
Consider this. In 1900 we had 40 out of every 100 workers busy producing raw food. Today it takes only three out of every 100 to feed three times as many Americans. And there is enough left over to feed several million people in other countries. - Price Pritchett, "MindShift"
(Shared by Elisa Wimer)