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WITandWISDOM(tm) - December 27, 1999
Forgiveness is me giving up my right to hurt you for hurting me. - Author Unknown
(Reverend Kraft via E-zine: MOTIVATIONAL MAILER Mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org)
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
DYING TO SELF
When you are forgotten, or neglected, or purposely set at naught, and you don't sting and hurt with the insult or the oversight, but your heart is happy, being counted worthy to suffer for Christ, that is dying to self.
When your good is evil spoken of, when your wishes are crossed, your advice disregarded, your opinions ridiculed, and you refuse to let anger rise in your heart, or even defend yourself, but take in all in patient, loving silence, that is dying to self.
When you lovingly and patiently bear any disorder, any irregularity, any impunctuality, or any annoyance; when you stand face-to-face with waste, folly, extravagance, spiritual insensibility - and endure it as Jesus endured, that is dying to self.
When you are content with any food, any offering, any climate, any society, any raiment, any interruption by the will of God, that is dying to self.
When you never care to refer to yourself in conversation, or to record your own good works, or itch after commendations, when you can truly love to be unknown, that is dying to self.
When you can see your brother prosper and have his needs met and can honestly rejoice with him in spirit and feel no envy, nor question God, while your own needs are far greater and in desperate circumstances, that is dying to self.
When you can receive correction and reproof from one of less stature than yourself and can humbly submit inwardly as well as outwardly, finding no rebellion or resentment rising up within your heart, that is dying to self.
"Then Jesus said to His disciples, 'If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it." (Matthew 16:24-25).
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~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
TOP 10 USES FOR HOLIDAY FRUITCAKES:
10. Use slices to balance that wobbly kitchen table.
9. Use instead of sand bags during El Nino.
8. Send to U.S. Air Force, let troops drop them.
7. Use as railroad ties.
6. Use as speed bumps to foil the neighborhood drag racers.
5. Collect ten and use them as bowling pins.
4. Use instead of cement shoes.
3. Save for next summer's garage sale.
2. Use slices in next skeet-shooting competition.
1. Two words: pin cushion
(Dave Ussell via E-zine: HAVE A NICE DAY Mailto:email@example.com)
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
"Sorry, we don't have potted geraniums," the clerk said, and then added helpfully, "Could you use African violets?"
"No," replied Ed sadly, "It was geraniums my wife told me to water while she was gone."
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THE HUAN AND JERRY SHOW
Charanai Nanoontum of Thailand says her 2-year-old cat, Huan, used to hunt mice just like any other cat. But five months ago, Huan found a stray mouse in a closet and it was love at first sight. Now the pair eat, sleep and play together, to the amazement of local villagers who flock to see them.
Nanoontum, who named the mouse Jerry, said, "I thought she would eat the mouse as usual but she didn't - love took over." - Reuters
From: The Oregonian, Copyright (c) July 16, 1999, www.oregonlive.com/oregonian/obuffer.ssf via http://www.witandwisdom.org
Submitted by: Barbara Henry