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WITandWISDOM(tm) - November 28, 2000
Even a mistake may turn out to be the one thing necessary to a worthwhile achievement. - Henry Ford
Source: Inspire, http://www.inspirelist.com/
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
Many parents are hard put to explain to their youth why some music, movies, books, and magazines are not acceptable material for them to bring into the home, for their youth to see, or hear. One parent came up with an original idea that was hard to refute.
He listened to all the reasons his children gave for wanting to see a particular PG-13 movie. It had their favorite actors. Everyone else was seeing it. Even church members said it was great. It was only rated PG-13 because of the suggestion of sex. They never really showed it. The language was pretty good. They only used the Lord's name in vain three times in the whole movie. The video effects were fabulous and the plot was action packed. Yes there was the scene where a building and a bunch of people got blown up, but the violence was just the normal stuff. It wasn't very bad.
Even with all these explanations for the rating, the father wouldn't give in. He didn't even give them a satisfying explanation for saying, "No." He just said, "No."
It was a little bit later that evening, that this same father asked his teens if they would like some brownies he had prepared. He explained that he had taken the families favorite recipe and added something new. They asked what it was. He calmly replied that he had added dog poop. He stated that it was only a little bit. All the ingredients were gourmet quality. He had taken great care to bake it at the precise temperature for the exact time. He was sure the brownies would be superb. Even with all the explanations of the perfect attributes of the brownies, the teens would not take one.
He father acted surprised. There was only one little element that would have caused them to act so stubbornly. He assured them that they would hardly notice it if at all. They all held firm and would not try the brownies.
He then explained that the movie they wanted to see was just like the brownies. Satan tries to enter our minds and our homes by deceiving us into believing that just a little bit of evil won't matter. With the brownies, just a little bit makes all the difference between a great brownie and a totally unacceptable product. He explained that even though the movie people would have us believe the movies which are coming out are acceptable for adults and youth's to see they are not. Test your movie and see. Would you be comfortable taking Christ with you to see the movie?
Now when this father's youth want to do something or see something they should not, the father merely asks them if they would like some of his special dog poop brownies and they never ask about that item again.
By Annette Nay, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
Steamin' HEAP o' FACTS
If Walt Disney were alive and job-hunting today, he couldn't work at Disneyland. Unless he shaved off his mustache.
If the original draft for the Star Trek TV series, the name of the U.S.S. Enterprise was The Yorktown.
Popcorn was banned at most theaters in the 1920's because it was considered too noisy.
According to The American Tax Foundation, the average American needs to work nearly three hours of each workday just to pay their taxes, while only 44 minutes of each day's paycheck is spent on food. 34 minutes of each paycheck is used for gas money, 19 minutes for clothes and only 8 minutes goes into savings.
Think gasoline prices are outrageous? Try filling your tank with brain-surgery glue, which costs $540,000 per gallon.
From: The Oregonian, Copyright (c) May 10, 2000, http://www.oregonian.com/
Submitted by Barbara Henry
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
A number of new Air-Force recruits were being taken on their first training flight. The plane had just leveled out after taking off when one of the engines seized up, and another began smoking badly. Adjusting his parachute, the instructor strove for nonchalance as he made his way to the hatch door. "Now I want you men to keep perfectly calm," he said, "while I go for help."
Source: Peter's Pearls, http://www.peterspearls.com.au
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Source: Web Evangelism, http://www.web-evangelism.com/