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WITandWISDOM(tm) - July 13, 1998


The people who make a difference are not the ones with the credentials, but the ones with the concern. - Max Lucado, And the Angels Were Silent (Shared by )



"I'm part of the fellowship of the unashamed. I have Holy Spirit power. The die has been cast. I have stepped over the line. The decision has been made. I'm a disciple of His. I won't look back, let up, slow down, back away, or be still.

"My past is redeemed; my present makes sense; and my future is secure. I'm finished and done with low living, sight walking, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tamed visions, mundane talking, cheap living and dwarfed goals.

"I no longer need pre-eminence, prosperity, position, promotions, plaudits or popularity. I don't have to be right, first, tops, recognized, praised, regarded or rewarded. I now live by faith, lean on His presence, walk by patience, lift by prayer and labor by power.

"My face is set, my gait fast, my goal heaven, my road narrow, my way rough, my companions few, my guide reliable, and my mission clear. I cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, deluded or delayed. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of the adversary, negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity or meander in the maze of mediocrity.

"I won't give up, shut up or let up until I have stayed up, stored up, prayed up, paid up and preached up for the cause of Christ. I am a disciple of Jesus. I must go till He comes, give till I drop, preach till all know and work till He stops me. And when He comes for His own, He will have no problem recognizing me - my banner will be clear!"

Written by a young African pastor and tacked on the wall of his house - discovered by those who entered his house after he was martyred.
(Shared by Walt Groff)



Feel overdressed wearing a suit to a nice restaurant.

Know at least eight people who work for companies that manufacture computer parts, airplanes, or athletic shoes.

Can tell the difference between Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Thai food.

Return from a California vacation depressed because "all the grass was dead."

Know the vast difference between SBC, Torrefazone, Coffee People and Starbucks.

Take a half day every July 1 to find your sunglasses and sun screen.

Remember the date, severity, time of day, where you were, and how long you were out of power and phone service for every winter-weather event in the last five years.

Feel guilty for days after throwing an aluminum can in the trash instead of recycling it.

Get very, very happy when the early morning weather forecast includes the term "sun breaks."

Are able to use 10 words to order a beverage the rest of the country calls "coffee."

Have ever called your insurance agent to ask if your homeowner's policy covers falling trees, flooding, or mud slides - or if the number of your favorite roofing company is on your phone's "speed-dial" list.

Never go camping without waterproof matches, ponchos, and mattress pads that double as flotation devices.

Know more people who own boats than air conditioners.

Moved to the Northwest because you read that the two most popular hobbies are fishing and reading. Since arriving you've taken up fly fishing and learned to tie flies by reading a book.

Consider that if it doesn't have snow on it or has not recently erupted, regardless of elevation, it is a "hill" and not a "mountain."

Complain about Californians until the day you sell your house to one for twice what you paid for it.

Don't complain about Californians because you secretly married to one or are dating one.

Find a wallet with $500 in it, return it all to the owner and refuse a reward.

Know the difference between Chinook, Coho, and Sockeye salmon.

Believe swimming is not a sport but a survival skill to prevent boating deaths.

Believe swimming should only be done indoors, except in emergencies.

Own more than 10 articles of clothing that have the names of microbrewries/brewpubs printed on them. Bonus for embroidery.

Wave at people who drive Ford Explorer sport utility vehicles like yours.

Basically, you just drive down the road waving.

Can point in the direction of two or more volcanoes even though you can't see them through the clouds.

Think downtown is "scary" because you were panhandled there once.

Go to work and return home in the dark in the winter, even though you only have an eight-hour work day.

Find that when the weather gets above 60 degrees, you replace your hiking boots with Birkenstock or Teva sandals.

Believe people who use umbrellas are wimps, Californians, or both.

You are sitting at a downtown red light. The light turns green and the car in front of you does not move. You do not honk. After two more light changes, you approach the driver to ask if they need any assistance.

(Shared by Michael J. Irvin via Keith's Mostly Clean Humor & Weird List )


Anna, our teen-age daughter, sometimes claims that my husband and I tune her out. But she fully captured my attention one day when she phoned me at work and said, "Hey, Mom, remember the garage?" (Shared by Susan Pagnucci via Keith's Mostly Clean Humor & Weird List )


In 1839, a Shawnee Indian uttered a curse on "The Great White Father" for violating Indian treaties, beginning the curious cycle of American Presidential deaths. Every president elected or re-elected at 20-year cycles died in office from 1840-1960. (Shared by )

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