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WITandWISDOM(tm) - January 12, 2000
Great minds have purposes; little minds have wishes. Little minds are subdued by misfortunes; great minds rise above them. - Washington Irving - Bits & Pieces, October 14, 1993
(Magazine: BITS & PIECES http://www.epinc.com/ )
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
The last thing I remember I had just started to make a right turn on my way to work after coming off the freeway. I heard the blast of a horn on my left and the crash of metal and tinkling glass . . . . The next thing I remember is sitting on a bench in the waiting room of what I thought to be a court house. The doors opened and I was instructed to come in and have a seat by the defense table.
As I looked around I saw the "prosecutor," he was a villainous looking gent who snarled as he stared at me, he definitely was the most evil person I have ever seen.
I sat down and looked to my left and there sat my lawyer, a kind and gentle looking man whose appearance seemed very familiar to me.
The corner door flew open and there appeared the judge in full flowing robes. He commanded an awesome presence as he moved across the room and I couldn't take my eyes off of him. As he took his seat behind the bench he said "Let us begin."
The prosecutor rose and said "My name is Satan and I am here to show you why this man belongs in hell." He proceeded to tell of lies that I told, things that I stole and in the past when I cheated others. Satan told of other horrible perversions that were once in my life and the more he spoke the further down in my seat I sank. I was so embarrassed that I couldn't look at anyone, even my own lawyer, as the Devil told of sins that even I had completely forgotten about.
As upset as I was at Satan for telling all these things about me, I was equally upset at my representative who sat there silently not offering any form of defense at all. I know I had been guilty of those things, but where was my mediator?
Satan finished with a fury and said "This man belongs in hell, he is guilty of all that I have charged and there is not a person who can prove otherwise. Justice will finally be served this day."
When it was his turn, my lawyer first asked if he might approach the bench. The judge allowed this over the strong objection of Satan, and beckoned him to come forward.
As he got up and started walking I was able to see him now in his full splendor and majesty. I hadn't noticed His hands before . . . large unsightly scars Also He was carrying a large golden book. Now I realized why he seemed so familiar, this was Jesus representing me, my Lord and my Savior.
He stopped at the bench and softly said to the judge "Hello Father" and then he turned to address the court. "Satan was correct in saying that this man had sinned, I won't deny any of these allegations. And yes the wages of sin is death and this man deserves to be punished." However . . . Jesus took a deep breath and turned to his Farther with out stretched arms and palms upward . . . . Satan lept back and covered his eyes as Jesus proclaimed . . . I died on the cross so that this person could have Eternal Life. He has acknowledged his lost estate and he has accepted me as his Saviour, and my payment for his sins and his sin nature that he inherited from Adam . . . . so he belongs to Me. My Lord continued with "His name is written in my book (The Lamb's Book) of life and no one (motioning to my accuser ) can take him from Me. I know he is in your hands also.
Satan still does not understand yet, this man is not to be given justice but rather mercy." As Jesus sat down, He quietly paused, looked at his Father and replied There is nothing else that needs to be done, I've done it all . . . . his debt is PAID IN FULL.
The Judge lifted his mighty hand and slammed the gavel down and the following words bellowed from his lips - "This man is free - the penalty for him has already been paid in full, case dismissed."
As my Lord lead me away I could hear Satan ranting and raving " I won't give up, I'll win the next one." I asked Jesus as he gave me my instructions where to go next "Have you ever lost a case." Christ lovingly smiled and said "Everyone that has come to me and trusted in my finished work has received the same verdict as you, Paid in Full."
Edited by P. Thomas Sarlo
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~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
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~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
The Department of Social Services in Greenville County, South Carolina, sent the following notice: "Your food stamps will be stopped, effective immediately because we received notice that you passed away. May God bless you. You may reapply if there is a change in your circumstances."
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Consider this story told by Bernard L. Brown, Jr., president of the Kennestone Regional Health Care System in the state of Georgia.
Brown once worked in a hospital where a patient knocked over a cup of water, which spilled on the floor beside the patient's bed. The patient was afraid he might slip on the water if he got out of the bed, so he asked a nurse's aide to mop it up. The patient didn't know it, but the hospital policy said that small spills were the responsibility of nurse's aides while large spills were to be mopped up by the hospital's housekeeping group.
The nurse's aide decided the spill was a large one and she called the housekeeping department. A housekeeper arrived and declared the spill a small one. An argument followed.
"It's not my responsibility," said the nurse's aide, "because it's a large puddle." The housekeeper did not agree. "Well, it's not mine," she said, "the puddle is too small."
The exasperated patient listened for a time, then took a pitcher of water from his night table and poured the whole thing on the floor. "Is that a big enough puddle now for you two to decide?" Hi asked. It was, and that was the end of the argument.
- Bits & Pieces, September 16, 1993
(Magazine: BITS & PIECES http://www.epinc.com/ )