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WITandWISDOM(tm) - July 15, 1999
I've learned that no matter how you try to protect your children, they will eventually get hurt and you will hurt in the process.
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
I've been thinking recently about how glad I am that certain visionaries refused to listen to the frowning crowd. I'm glad, for example:
+ that Edison didn't give up on the light bulb even though his helpers seriously doubted the thing would ever work.
+ that Luther refused to back down when the church doubled her fists and clenched her teeth.
+ that Michelangelo kept pounding and painting, regardless of those negative put-downs.
+ that Lindbergh decided to ignore what everyone else had said was ridiculous and flirting with death.
+ that Douglas MacArthur promised, during the darkest days of World War II, "I shall return".
+ that Papa Ten Boom said "Yes" to frightened Jews who needed a safe refuge, a hiding place.
+ that the distinguished Julliard School of Music would see beyond the braces and wheelchair and admit an unlikely violin student named Perlman.
+ that Tom Sullivan decided to be everything that he could possibly be even though he was born blind.
+ that the Gaithers made room in their busy lives for a scared young soprano who would one day thrill Christendom with "We Shall Behold Him."
+ that Fred Dixon continued to train for the decathlon - and finished the course - even though critics told him he was over the hill.
+ that our Lord Jesus held nothing back when He left heaven, lived on earth, and went for it - all the way to the cross - and beyond.
You could add to the list. You may even belong on the list. If so, hats off to you.
See: Heb 12:1-3
From Bible Illustrator for Windows Version 1.0, Copyright 1990-1994 by Parsons Technology, Inc.
(Tom Waters via E-zine: Sermon Fodder
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
WORDS TO LIVE BY AS WE MATURE:
One of life's mysteries is how a two-pound box of candy can make a person gain five pounds.
Brain cells come and brain cells go, but fat cells live forever.
Life not only begins at forty, it begins to show.
Amazing! You just hang something in your closet for a while, and it shrinks two sizes.
It is bad to suppress laughter; it goes back down and spreads to your hips.
Inside some of us is a thin person struggling to get out, but she can usually be sedated with a few pieces of chocolate cake.
If at first you don't succeed, see if the loser gets anything.
Stress reducer: Put a bag on your head. Mark it "Closed for remodeling." . . . . caution - leave air holes.
Perhaps you know why women over fifty don't have babies: They would put them down somewhere and forget where they left them.
Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional.
( LaBrenda A Groff)
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
Seen on a T shirt here in Australia:
"My wife says that I don't listen
(and then in smaller print below)
At least I think that's what she said."
(Rev. Frederick R.M. Macdonald)
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