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WITandWISDOM(tm) - October 3, 2002
Knowledge without wisdom is a load of books on the back of an ass. - Japanese Proverb
Source: Inspire, http://www.inspirelist.com/
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
She was the dark-eyed daughter of the village barber - small, stormy, an economy-sized carbon copy of a movie-star beauty seen through the wrong end of a telescope. She was also the terror of the tiny tots and the ringleader of the "big kids" in the third grade.
Pat and Peggy, regular victims of the dark-eyed terror, came home crying almost daily. Determined to break this cycle, Dad came up with an idea. "Let's have a party."
Pat and Peggy's tears dried up magically. Right away they got creative: "Ice cream, cake, big red balloons!"
"And friends," Dad added.
The tears started again. "We don't have any friends," Pat blubbered.
"Nothing but enemies," wailed Peggy.
An inspiration hit Dad. "Let's have an enemy party. Let's invite all your enemies - especially the worst ones - and we'll fill 'em up with cake and ice cream and give 'em big red balloons to take home."
Peggy and Pat looked at each other and rolled their eyes in a "what's with Dad?" expression.
But Dad kept encouraging them, and they did their part.
The enemy party was a wild success. And the "terror of the tiny tots" had the best time of all. She ate ice cream and cake, got a big red balloon, and rolled on the floor in delight.
Pat and Peggy never came home crying again. Their greatest enemy became their greatest friend and protector.
One day the former terror's father dropped by and asked why she had been invited to the party. "Well," Dad said, "She's a solid citizen who likes ice cream and cake and big red balloons. Why not?"
"You know," her dad said, "no one ever invited her before. You have no idea what a difference it's made!"
That enemy party had a lot of love mixed in with the ice cream, cake, and big red balloons.
Edwin Markham's famous poem summarizes the power of love:
He drew a circle that shut me out',
Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout.
But love and I had a wit to win:
We drew a circle that took him in.
By James W. Zackrison, Silver Spring, Maryland
From: Practical Spiritual Gifts, Published by Pacific Press Publishing Association, Copyright (c) 1966, ISBN: 0816313571
Source: Signs of the Times, Copyright (c) September 2002, Pacific Press, http://www.signstimes.com
Submitted by Dale Galusha
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
Tomso, Norway (Nordlys):
A drink-driver bumped into another car. He asked the other driver to hurry up and exchange details before the police arrived.
Norwegian daily Nordlys said both drivers stopped at the roadside to exchange insurance details after the accident in Tomso.
Ole Saeverud later recalled that the young motorist told him: "We have to hurry up to fill in the collision papers, so that we are finished before the police get here. I think I am above the limit."
Mr Saeverud replied: "I must tell you something bad - I am the police!"
Mr Saeverud, was wearing plain clothes and driving his private car. He then placed him under arrest. The 21-year-old motorist was later breathalyzed and found to be over the limit.
Source: WhiteBoard News, http://www.joeha.com/whiteboard/
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
Keep your eye on the ball, your nose to the grindstone, and your shoulder to the wheel. If you can work in that position, you're a better person than I am.
Source: Net 153 Weekly, http://www.net153.com/
Thieves entered the Methodist parsonage in a Melbourne, Australia, suburb. With an ax they broke open the pastor's safe.
All they found was the minister's sermon notes to be used on the following Sunday.
The pastor's proposed subject was "Will a Man Rob God?" - Malachi 3:8
Source: 501 Illustrations, By Robert H. Pierson, Copyright (c) 1965, Southern Publishing Association, Nashville, Tennessee, USA