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WITandWISDOM(tm) - July 14, 2000
"I believe that every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty." - John D. Rockefeller
Source: Gagler's Quote of the Day, email@example.com via http://www.witandwisdom.org
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
A young, new pastor was walking with an older, more seasoned pastor in the garden one day and feeling a bit insecure about what God had for him to do, he was inquiring of the older pastor. The older Pastor walked up to a rosebush and handed the young pastor a rosebud and told him to open it without tearing off any petals.
The young pastor looked in disbelief at the older pastor and was trying to figure out what a rosebud could possibly have to do with his wanting to know the WILL OF GOD for his life and for his ministry.
Because of his high respect for the older pastor, he proceeded to TRY to unfold the rose, while keeping every petal intact . . . It wasn't long before he realized how impossible it was to do so.
Noticing the younger pastor's inability to unfold the rosebud while keeping it intact, the older pastor began to recite the following poem . . .
UNFOLDING THE ROSEBUD
By Charlie Gilchrist
It is only a tiny rosebud,
A flower of GOD's design;
But I cannot unfold the petals
With these clumsy hands of mine.
The secret of unfolding flowers
Is not known to such as I.
GOD opens this flower so sweetly,
When in my hands they fade and die.
If I cannot unfold a rosebud,
This flower of GOD's design,
Then how can I think I have wisdom
To unfold this life of mine?
So I'll trust in Him for His leading
Each moment of every day.
I will look to him for His guidance
Each step of the pilgrim way.
The pathway that lies before me,
Only my Heavenly Father knows.
I'll trust Him to unfold the moments,
Just as He unfolds the rose.
A beautiful rendition of this piece can be viewed at:
Submitted by: Carol Blum, Debbie Yauch, Alice Bryan
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
"Quiz For Cats About Humans"
Your human walks into the kitchen. Does this mean?
a) It's hungry
b) It's lost
c) You're hungry
d) Let the begging begin
Your human puts down a bowl of food for you. Is this?
b) Something s/he obviously wouldn't eat
c) Something to keep you going till supper's ready
d) Inedible junk to be scorned in favor of what the humans eat
Your human removes you from the top of the television.
Does this mean?
a) You're in trouble - better not do it again
b) Nothing - humans do this from time to time
c) The human wants to play, so climb up again to amuse it
d) It is time to chew on the cable wire again
Staircases are for:
a) Getting up to the human's bed at 4am
b) Lying in wait in the dark at the top of
c) Walking down just slower than the human in front of it
d) All of the above
Your human talks/yells at you. You should:
a) Listen intently, even if you don't understand
b) Meow in acknowledgment and continue what you were doing
c) Ignore him/her completely; you're a cat, they mean nothing
d) Move on to the next annoying activity to encourage their talking
Phone and electrical cords and strings from fabrics are:
a) Important to humans and should be left alone
b) Playthings and deserve your total attention; no matter what damage may
c) Annoying and should be removed immediately
A human giving you a bath should be considered:
a) Under no circumstances
b) Under no circumstances
c) Under no circumstances
d) An act of war
e) All of the above
Your human's value is limited to:
a) Providing food
b) Providing water
c) Letting you out
d) Providing opposite-gender feline companionship
e) Leaving you alone
f) All of the above; if properly trained
Source: Kitty's Daily Mews, copyright (c) 1997-2000 All rights reserved worldwide, firstname.lastname@example.org via http://www.witandwisdom.org
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
"Suburbia: where they tear out the trees & then name streets after them."
Source: Awesome Quotes, www.coolnewsletters.com via http://www.witandwisdom.org
Even your car can predict your behavior.
"New Scientist" reports that American and Japanese researchers are developing a smart car that will help drivers avoid accidents by predicting when they are about to make a dangerous move. If the driver's intended action could lead to an accident, the car will activate a warning system or override the move. Tests using a driving simulator have shown that it is 95 percent accurate in predicting a driver's move 12 seconds in advance.
From: The Oregonian, Copyright (c) 1999, www.oregonlive.com/oregonian/obuffer.ssf via http://www.witandwisdom.org
Submitted by: Barbara Henry