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WITandWISDOM(tm) - December 29, 1999
Discipline without freedom is tyranny; freedom without discipline is chaos. - Cullen Hightower - Reader's Digest, July 1999
(Magazine: Reader's Digest http:www.readersdigest.com)
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
A well known speaker started off his seminar by holding up a $20 bill. In the room of 200, he asked, "Who would like this $20 bill?" Hands started going up.
He said, "I am going to give this $20 to one of you but first, let me do this." He proceeded to crumple the dollar bill up.
He then asked, "Who still wants it?" Still the hands were up in the air.
"Well," he replied, "What if I do this?" And he dropped it on the ground and started to grind it into the floor with his shoe. He picked it up, now all crumpled and dirty.
"Now who still wants it?" Still the hands went into the air.
"My friends, you have all learned a very valuable lesson. No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it because it did not decrease in value. It was still worth $20. Many times in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled, and ground into the dirt by the decisions we make and the circumstances that come our way. We feel as though we are worthless.
But no matter what has happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value in God's eyes. To Him, dirty or clean, crumpled or finely creased, you are still priceless to Him. Psalm 17:8 states that God will keep us, "as the apple of His eye." The worth of our lives come not in what we do or who we are but by WHOSE we are!
Sourace: Tidbits Daily Devotional http://members.aol.com/champ7/Tidbits.htm
Submitted by Tony and Diane Dubeansky
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
THINGS CHILDREN SAY & DO:
I heard water running, and like every other parent with young children who hears water running, I jumped up and ran to the source. I rounded the corner just in time to see my 3 year old daughter pouring water from her glass into the fish tank. I asked, "Honey, what are you doing?" She replied, "The fishes are thirsty Daddy, I'm giving them a drink!"
(E-zine: DIVERSIONS DIGEST http://www.worldstart.com/diversions.htm )
A science teacher brought his 3 year old son to school with him, so he could show his son what he did. While teaching class, his son said. Look Daddy a paramecium! The father and all the students were astonished that a three year old new a large word like that. Then they noticed the boy pointing to the back of the room. He was pointing at a cage with two white mice in it.
And said again, look Daddy a pair of meice see'um.
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The theme of our churches children's program was "nature," and the leader had told the children how a mommy robin brings worms to feed her baby birds. She asked the children, "Would you like it if your mommy fed you worms?"
A 2-year-old emphatically responded from the circle, "Not me! I'm a vegetarian!"
By Evelyn Hamer, Centerville, Ohio
While staying with my 21/2-year-old twin grandchildren, Erin and Ryan, I was awakened in the night by very congested coughing coming from Drin's crib. As I rushed into the room to help her, I heard the reprimanding voice of her twin brother, Ryan, "Erin - you supposed to cover you mouth when you choking!"
By Sue Garman, Warsaw, Virginia
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
Albert Einstein always had a wholesome disregard for the tyranny of custom. Once, as the guest of honor at a dinner party given for him by the president of Swarthmore College, he was called on for a speech.
"Ladies and gentlemen," he said, "I am sorry, but I have nothing to say," and sat down. Then he arose and added, "In case I do have something to say, I'll come back."
Six months later he wired the president, "Now I have something to say," Another dinner was held, and Einstein made his speech.
Source: Bits & Pieces, October 14, 1993, Copyright (c) Economic Press, Inc., www.epinc.com via http://www.witandwisdom.org
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