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WITandWISDOM(tm) - June 23, 1998
Learn to say no. It will be of more use to you than to be able to read Latin. - Charles Haddon Spurgeon
(Reader's Digest, August 1993)
His name is Bill. He has wild hair, wears a T-Shirt with holes in it, jeans and no shoes. This was literally his wardrobe for his entire four years of college. He is brilliant. Kinda esoteric and very, very bright.
He became a Christian while attending college.
Across the street from the campus is a well-dressed, very conservative church. They want to develop a ministry to the students, but are not sure how to go about it. One day Bill decides to go there. He walks in with no shoes, jeans, his T-shirt, and wild hair. The service has already started and so Bill starts down the aisle looking for a seat. The church is completely packed and he can't find a seat.
By now people are looking a bit uncomfortable, but no one says anything. Bill gets closer and closer to the pulpit and when he realizes there are no seats, he just squats down right on the carpet. (Although perfectly acceptable behavior at a college fellowship, trust me, this had never happened in this church before!)
By now the people are really uptight, and the tension in the air is thick. About this time, the minister realizes that from way at the back of the church, a deacon is slowly making his way toward Bill. Now the deacon is in his eighties, has silver-gray hair, a three-piece suit, and a pocket watch. A godly man-very elegant, very dignified, very courtly. He walks with a cane and as he starts walking toward this boy, everyone is saying to themselves, You can't blame him for what he's going to do. How can you expect a man of his age and of his background to understand some college kid on the floor? It takes a long time for the man to reach the boy. The church is utterly silent except for the clicking of the man's cane. All eyes are focused on him. You can't even hear anyone breathing. The people are thinking, The minister can't even preach the sermon until the deacon does what he has to do.
And now they see this elderly man drop his cane on the floor. With great difficulty he lowers himself and sits down next to Bill and worships with him so he won't be alone. Everyone chokes up with emotion. When the minister gains control he says, "What I'm about to preach, you will never remember . . .What you have just seen, You will never forget."
(Shared by Jay Strimel via MONDAY FODDER by Dave in Hong Kong firstname.lastname@example.org)
THIS & THAT:
SIGNS YOU ARE BROKE
1. American Express calls and says: "Leave home without it!"
2. Your idea of a 7-course meal is taking a deep breath outside a restaurant.
3. You're formulating a plan to rob the food bank.
4. McDonalds supplies you with all your kitchen condiments.
5. Long distance companies don't call you to switch.
6. You look at your roommate and see a large fried chicken in tennis shoes.
7. You rob Peter . . . and then rob Paul.
8. You finally clean your house, hoping to find change.
9. You think of a lottery ticket as an investment.
10. Your bologna has no first name.
11. You give blood everyday . . . just for the orange juice.
12. Sally Struthers sends you food.
(Shared by Kitty's Daily Mews http://www.katscratch.com)
David Schwartz writes in the dedication of his book, "The Magic of Thinking Big" For David III - Our six-year-old son David felt mighty big when he was graduated from Kindergarten. I asked him what he plans to be when he finishes growing up. Davey looked at me intently for a moment and then answered, "Dad, I want to be a Professor." "A Professor? A Professor of what?" I asked. "Well, Dad," he replied, "I think I want to be a Professor of Happiness."
(Shared by Gary Goberts via MakeMyDayemail@example.com)
It pays to start paying attention to your blood cholesterol levels early in life. A new study suggests that individuals who have high cholesterol in middle adulthood continue to have a high risk of heart disease in spite of declines in cholesterol in later years. - American Heart Association
(Quoted in Vibrant Life)