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WITandWISDOM(tm) - February 22, 2001
Blessed is the person who can enjoy the small things, the common beauties, the little day-to-day events; sunshine on the fields, birds on the bough, breakfast, dinner, supper, the daily paper on the porch, a friend passing by. So many people who go afield for enjoyment leave it behind them at home. - David Grayson, American writer
Source: Bits & Pieces, November 9, 1995, Copyright (c) Economic Press, Inc., www.epinc.com
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
"During the 1960 Olympics, defending gold medallist Al Oerter and teammate Rink Babka were expected to take the gold and silver medal in the discus throw. Although Babka was very ill the night before the competition, he beat his teammate in the first four throws. On the fifth throw Oerter stepped into the circle, spun around, and threw the discus farther than any other that day.
"He had snatched victory from defeat and won the gold medal, while Babka had noticed and pointed out a flaw in Oerter's technique during the fourth throw. A small adjustment was all Oerter needed, and it cost Babka the gold medal. Babka was not the winner that year, but no one could call him a loser."+
In fact in reality it is easy to see who the real winner was in this situation. It took a great amount of grace, humility and brotherly love to do what Babka did for his friend Oerter that day.
And it took an incredible amount of grace for what Jesus Christ, the Son of God, did for us in giving us his life so you and I could receive an eternal victor's crown.
Suggested prayer: "Dear God, because of what you did for me on the cross of Calvary, help me to so live that I might be 'as Christ' in some way to every life I touch. Gratefully in Jesus' name. Amen."
From "Illustrations for Biblical Preaching," ed. by Michael P. Green.
Source: Daily Encounter, by Dick Innes, Copyright 2000, www.actsweb.org/subscribe.htm
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
Pizza shop slogan: "7 days without pizza makes one weak."
On a maternity room door: "Push. Push. Push."
At an optometrist's office: "If you don't see what you're looking for, you've come to the right place."
Outside a muffler shop: "No appointment necessary. We hear you coming."
Maternity Clothes Shop: "We are open on labor day."
Non-smoking Area: "If we see you smoking we will assume you are on fire and take appropriate action."
Scientist's Door: Gone Fission
Taxidermist Window: "We really know our stuff."
Butcher's Window: "Let me meat your needs."
Used Car Lot: "Second Hand cars in first crash condition."
Submitted by Byron Jenkins
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
Boitano appeared as a witness in a lawsuit. The attorney asked, "Where were you on the night of July 10?"
"Your Honor, I object," yelled the counsel for the defense.
"That's all right, go ahead and ask me," said Boitano. The prosecutor repeated the question and again the defense objected.
"Hey. Why shouldn't he ask me?" said Boitano. "I'll answer."
The judge said, "If the witness insists on answering, there is no reason for the defense to object." So the attorney again repeated the question, "Where were you on the night of July 10?"
Boitano said, "I don't know."
Source: The Funnies, andychaps_the-funnies- firstname.lastname@example.org
When was George Washington born? . . .
George Washington was born on February 11, 1731. Over twenty years later, in 1752, Great Britain and its American colonies switched calendars from Julian to Gregorian. This switch eliminated eleven days from September of that year: September 2 was followed by September 14. At the same time, New Year's Day was changed from March 25 to January 1. Since then, historians have said that Washington was born in 1732, and the anniversary of his birth has been celebrated on February 22. Interestingly, the man who commanded the Continental Army as a four-star general was promoted posthumously to the position of six-star "General of the Armies of Congress" by an order of Jimmy Carter, who felt America's first President should also be America's highest military official.
Source: ArcaMax Trivia, www.arcamax.com