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WITandWISDOM(tm) - July 2, 2001
"The desire of knowledge, like the thirst of riches, increases ever with the acquisition of it." - Laurence Sterne
Source: Awesome Quotes, http://www.coolnewsletters.com
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
As I faced my Maker at the last judgment, I knelt before the Lord along with all the other souls. Before each of us laid our lives like the squares of a quilt in many piles. An Angel sat before each of us sewing our quilt squares together into a tapestry that is our life.
But as my angel took each piece of cloth off the pile, I noticed how ragged and empty each of my squares was. They were filled with giant holes. Each square was labeled with a part of my life that had been difficult, the challenges and temptations I was faced with in everyday life. I saw hardships that I endured, which were the largest holes of all.
I glanced around me. Nobody else had such squares. Other than a tiny hole here and there, the other tapestries were filled with rich color and the bright hues of worldly fortune. I gazed upon my own life and was disheartened. My angel was sewing the ragged pieces of cloth together, threadbare and empty, like binding air.
Finally the time came when each life was to be displayed, held up to the light, the scrutiny of truth. The others rose, each in turn, holding up their tapestries. So filled their lives had been. My angel looked upon me and nodded for me to rise. My gaze dropped to the ground in shame. I hadn't had all the earthly fortunes. I had love in my life, and laughter.
But there had also been trials of illness, and death, and false accusations that took from me my world as I knew it. I had to start over many times. I often struggled with the temptation to quit, only to somehow muster the strength to pick up and begin again. I spent many nights on my knees in prayer, asking for help and guidance in my life. I had often been held up to ridicule, which I endured painfully, each time offering it up to the Father in hopes that I would not melt within my skin beneath the judgmental gaze of those who unfairly judged me. And now, I had to face the truth. My life was what it was, and I had to accept it for what it was.
I rose and slowly lifted the combined squares of my life to the light. An awe-filled gasp filled the air. I gazed around at the others who stared at me with wide eyes. Then, I looked upon the tapestry before me. Light flooded the many holes, creating an image, the face of Christ. Then our Lord stood before me, with warmth and love in His eyes. He said, "Every time you gave over your life to Me, it became My life, My hardships, and My struggles. Each point of light in your life is when you stepped aside and let Me shine through, until there was more of Me than there was of you."
Source: insPURRational, http://www.katscratch.com/insPURRations.html
Submitt ed by Eloise Glover, Debbie Yauch
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
TIPS FOR MOMS & DADS Part 5 of 18
HINT #081: Look what being a martyr got Joan of Arc.
HINT #082: A dishwasher is not a luxury.
HINT #083: The new math is harder than the old math.
HINT #084: Let's hear it for leftovers.
HINT #085: Don't leave their teddy bear behind.
HINT #086: Learn to make daisy chains.
HINT #087: Not everyone can be a valedictorian.
HINT #088: They're never too old to scold.
HINT #089: They're never too big to hug.
HINT #090: They're never too smart to receive some good advice.
HINT #091: They're never too rich to take home your leftovers.
HINT #092: Don't remind your grown son you changed his diapers.
HINT #093: If they grow up to be doctors, take the credit.
HINT #094: If they grow up to be lawyers, don't take the blame.
HINT #095: If they become pro-athletes, take the house & car.
HINT #096: If they become politicians they were switched at birth.
HINT #097: Don't teach the kids your fear of bugs.
HINT #098: Take them to a petting zoo.
HINT #099: Don't use a pediatrician who isn't a parent.
HINT #100: You can never have too many Kleenex.
[The eighteen parts of "Tips for Moms & Dads" can be found in the following issues of WITandWISDOM(tm): 2001 - #1 Mar 1, #2 Apr 2, #3 May 1, #4 Jun 1, #5 Jul 2, #6 Aug 1, #7 Sep 3, #8 Oct 1, 1998 - #9 Jan 1, #10 Feb 2, #11 Mar 2, #12 Apr 1, #13 May 1, #14 Jun 1, #15 Jul 1, #16 Aug 3, #17 Sep 1, #18 Oct 1]
Source: Humor ‘R Us http://humor.morstad.org/
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
My daughter was head-over-heels in love with her fiancé. "He would be perfect if he were just more romantic," she lamented. Then on day she was invited to his apartment, where she found a table set with a white tablecloth, candles and place setting for two. He proceeded to serve a home-cooked dinner.
As they began to eat, he took her hand, looked into her eyes and said, "Don't get any fool on the tablecloth. It's the sheet off my bed and I have to sleep on it tonight." - By Karren Majors, Oklahoma City, Okla.
Source: Reader's Digest, Copyright (c) January 1999, http://www.readersdigest.com
How many people USA run red traffic lights?
According to the Federal Highway Administration, Each year, more than 1.8 million intersection crashes occur. In 1998, red light running crashes accounted for 89,000 crashes, 80,000 injuries and nearly 1,000 deaths. Public costs exceed $7 billion. It's for this reason they've instituted the Stop Red Light Running Program to reestablish respect for traffic signals and to enhance the safety of drivers and pedestrians in communities nationwide, while reducing the number of trauma center admissions caused by this traffic problem.
Source: ArcaMax Trivia http://www.arcamax.com