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WITandWISDOM(tm) - June 4, 1998
Worry is the misuse of imagination. (Shared by Larry Roberts)
HOW'S YOUR FAITH TODAY?
A small congregation in the foothills of the Great Smokies built a new sanctuary on a piece of land willed to them by a church member. Ten days before the new church was to open, the local building inspector informed the pastor that the parking lot was inadequate for the size of the building.
Until the church doubled the size of the parking lot, they would not be able to use the new sanctuary. Unfortunately, the church with its undersized parking lot had used every inch of their land except for the mountain against which it had been built. In order to build more parking spaces, they would have to move the mountain out of the back yard. Undaunted, the pastor announced the next Sunday morning that he would meet that evening with all members who had "mountain moving faith." They would hold a prayer session asking God to remove the mountain from the back yard and to somehow provide enough money to have it paved and painted before the scheduled opening dedication service the following week.
At the appointed time, 24 of the congregation's 300 members assembled for prayer. They prayed for nearly three hours. At ten o'clock the pastor said the final "Amen". "We'll open next Sunday as scheduled," he assured everyone. "God has never let us down before, and
I believe He will be faithful this time too."
The next morning as he was working in his study there came a loud knock at his door. When he called "come in", a rough looking construction foreman appeared, removing his hard hat as he entered. "Excuse me, Reverend. I'm from Acme Construction Company over in the next county. We're building a huge new shopping mall over there and we need some fill dirt. Would you be willing to sell us a chunk of that mountain behind the church? We'll pay you for the dirt we remove and pave all the exposed area free of charge, if we can have it right away. We can't do anything else until we get the dirt in and allow it to settle properly."
The little church was dedicated the next Sunday as originally planned and there were far more members with "mountain moving faith" on opening Sunday than there had been the previous week!
Would you have shown up for that prayer meeting? Some people say faith comes from miracles. But others know: MIRACLES COME FROM FAITH!
(Shared by Avonlea)
THIS & THAT:
GREAT TRUTHS ABOUT LIFE THAT LITTLE CHILDREN HAVE LEARNED
- No matter how hard you try, you can't baptize cats.
- When your Mom is mad at your dad, don't let her brush your hair.
- Never ask your 3-year-old brother to hold a tomato.
- You can't trust dogs to watch your food.
- Reading what people write on desks can teach you a lot.
- Don't sneeze when someone is cutting your hair.
- Puppies still have bad breath even after eating a tic tac.
- Never hold a dustbuster and a cat at the same time.
- School lunches stick to the wall.
- You can't hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk.
- Don't wear polka-dot underwear under white shorts.
No matter how cute the underwear is.
(Shared by Just 4 Laughs! Http://www.GeoCities.com/Hollywood/Set/6993)
Neighbor: Say, Ed, what was the name of the instructor of that memory course you liked so much?
Ed: Well, it was . . . hmmm . . . let me think a minute . . .
What's the name of that flower, you know, the one that smells so nice, but has thorns on the stems . . . ?
Neighbor: You mean a rose?
Ed: Yeah, that's it . . . (shouting toward house) Hey, Rose, what was the memory course instructor's name?
(Shared by ‘Have A Nice Day' E-mail list firstname.lastname@example.org)
It has been estimated that 80 percent of the jobs available in the United States within 20 years will be cerebral, and only 20 percent manual, the exact opposite of the ratio in 1900... There are already more computer-literate first graders than there are computer-literate first grade teachers. - Jennifer Jones, "Thinking in the Future Tense" (Shared by Elisa Wimer)