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WITandWISDOM(tm) - October 26, 1999
Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all. - Dale Carnegie
(E-zine: INSPIRE http://www.infoadvn.com/inspire/)
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
One day many years ago I was in Atlanta, Georgia, trying to catch a plane to Charlotte, North Carolina, so that I could visit my father and mother.
I got my ticket at the last minute, and I was seated on the plane when all of a sudden the flight director spoke: "Mr. Wilson, please." I raised my hand.
"You'll have to deplane," he said, "because another man had bought his ticket before you, but he was late getting to the terminal."
I must confess that I complained. "What kind of a business are you running?" I asked.
They took my baggage off the plane.
The next flight was several hours later, so instead of waiting, I took a taxi to the bus depot in Atlanta. A bus was ready to leave, and I was told to board and then purchase my ticket when we arrived at the next stop. When we reached that stop, I phoned my father to tell him that I was taking a bus instead of a plane.
He answered the phone, asking, "Who is this?"
I said, "It's T. W."
"Oh, son. Oh, son . . ." he said repeatedly. It really didn't make sense to me.
Finally he said, "Son the plane that you told me you would be on crashed, and all 23 people were killed." I was stunned. It dawned on me that God had spared my life and that he had some more work for me to do!
Suppose God had worked things out in the way that I had wanted - I would be dead and not able to minister today. This is why I chose Romans 8:28 to be my life's verse: "We know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose" (KJV).
By T. W. Wilson, DECISION, November 1998
(Magazine: DECISION http://www.graham-assn.org/decision/ )
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
FISHING TERMS EXPLAINED
(1) A curved piece of metal used to catch fish.
(2) A clever advertisement to entice a fisherman to spend his life savings on a new rod and reel.
(3) The punch administered by said fisherman's wife after he spends their life savings (see also, Right Hook, Left Hook).
Something you give your coworkers when they ask on Monday how your fishing went the past weekend.
An object that is semi-enticing to fish, but will drive an angler into such a frenzy that he will charge his credit card to the limit before exiting the tackle shop.
A weighted object that causes a rod to sink quickly when dropped overboard.
An attractively painted length of fiberglass that keeps an angler from ever getting too close to a fish.
A grouping in which fish are taught to avoid your $29.99 lures and hold out for spam instead.
What your last catch did to you as you reeled him in, but just before he wrestled free and jumped back overboard.
A box shaped alarmingly like your comprehensive first aid kit. Only a tackle box contains many sharp objects, so that when you reach in the wrong box blindly to get a Band Aid, you soon find that you need more than one.
(1) The amount of strength a fishing line affords an angler when fighting fish in a specific weight range.
(2) A measure of your creativity in blaming "that darn line" for once again losing the fish.
(E-zine: HUMORG Mailto:Judib@kktv.com)
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
At a Milwaukee post office, a woman complained to the clerk that a Pony Express rider could get a letter from Milwaukee to St. Louis in two days, and now it takes three. "I'd like to know why," she scoffed.
The clerk thought a moment and then suggested, "The horses are a lot older now?"
(E-zine: AMERICA'S JOKE Mailto:subscribe- firstname.lastname@example.org)
ICEBERG BOBS TOWARD ARGENTINA'S SHORES
BUENOS AIRES (Reuters- 9-99) - A gigantic iceberg six times the size of Buenos Aires is drifting aimlessly toward Argentina's southern coastline after breaking off Antarctica seven years ago, a high-ranking Navy official said.
"It is swirling around out there, caught in a very peculiar current, as if in a sort of whirlpool,'' said Hipolito Picasso, meteorology chief at the Navy Hydrographics Service.
The iceberg, labeled "B10A'', measures 41 miles long and 13 miles wide. It rises up to 60 yards out of the sea and reaches an underwater depth of 300 yards.
The giant block of ice was double its current mass before breaking in two in 1995, said Picasso. It is traveling at a speed of 700 yards per hour and represents a threat to passing ships with the shards that fall from its flanks, he said.
Currently the iceberg is bobbing in the water more than 300 miles off the southeast coast of Tierra del Fuego, Picasso said.
The Navy official said in the past five years there have been two icebergs in the southern seas that have been larger than the current floating mass. They broke down and melted, which is what is expected to happen with the current ice bulk, he said.