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WITandWISDOM(tm) - January 28, 2003
"The one who has wisdom in his head and heart does not need to shout at others." - Spiros Zodhiates
Source: The Funnies, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/andychaps_the-funnies
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
Daniel?" I yelled upstairs to our oldest son as I put backpacks by the garage door - so they could grab them on the mad dash to school.
"Yes, Mama?" Daniel called back.
"Could you please help Joshua find his shoes before we're late?"
I stuck my head in the kitchen, where three of the children were finishing breakfast. "Hurry up, kids, it's time to leave! I grabbed the five lunches I had made earlier and hurried down the hall to put them with the backpacks. As I did, I heard the living room clock sound the top of the hour - it was our "red alert" indicator.
"We've gotta go NOW!" I yelled. I passed out the backpacks and scooted little ones out to the Suburban. The oldest four scrambled in, all their paraphernalia filling the large vehicle to capacity.
"Where's Joshua?" I asked. We were going to be late again. Joshua, our youngest at 6 years old, always seemed to be missing in action. Finally, Joshua made his appearance.
"Seatbelts on? Everyone have their jackets? Hair combed? Teeth brushed? Got your musical instruments? Backpacks? Lunches? Milk money? Gym clothes?"
By the time I finished our daily checklist, we'd driven the 20 miles to school. I pulled into the drop-off lane, and everyone bounded out of the car.
Except for Joshua.
I needed to get to my women's ministry board meeting, and we were 10 minutes behind schedule as it was. I looked at my normally very active little guy, sitting perfectly still.
"Joshua," I said in my best mom-means-business voice, "Why are you just sitting there?"
"You forgot to remind me." He responded quietly in a I-know-I'm-going-to-get-it-now voice.
I glanced in my rearview mirror at the line of cars behind me. Hadn't I thoroughly exhausted our reminder checklist? "What did I forget to remind you to get?"
Joshua whispered, "My shoes."
His shoes? How does a child forget his shoes? On the way back to get his shoes, I grumbled in the car, wondering how in the world a child could forget his shoes, when a small voice spoke to my heart. Sometimes you forget too - about Me.
By Ellie Kay
Source: Focus on the Family - December 2002, http://www.family.org
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
In 1974 my husband and I lived in Richland Park, St. Vincent, West Indies. A Pastor Baldwin, fresh from a seminary in Trinidad, came to our island to hold a series of evangelistic meetings.
The first two or three semicircular rows of wooden benches under the tent were the favorite place for the village youngsters to sit so that they would not miss anything.
One evening Baldwin was giving instructions on how to keep away from temptations: "And when you are in a shop, and no one is watching, you could reach out and take some candy; you know what to do, right? Run for your life! What did I say?"
"Run for your life," came the response from the attentive audience.
Again he asked, What do you do?
Using their loudest voices, the youth answered, "Run for your life!"
Baldwin continued. "And ladies, if the wrong man comes and begins touching you all over like he is blind, what do you do?"
Now the ready chorus knew what to say: "Run for your life!"
A couple more good examples of satan's tricks were presented, and the audience answered appropriately each time, "Run for your life!"
After a rousing song service and about 15-20 minutes into his main sermon on the love of Jesus for us, Baldwin asked the very important question: "And when Jesus calls us to come to Him and accept His love, folks, what should we do?"
"Run for your life!" came the unhesitating chorus from the first two rows.
By Betty Christianson, St. Helena, California
Source: Adventist Review, ISSN 0161- 1119, (c) August 2000, http://www.adventistreview.org/
Submitted by Nancy Simpson
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
The Baltimore Beltway (I-695) is a four lane Interstate Highway well known for coming to a complete halt during rush hours. The other week, a motorist stuck his head out the window and yelled, "Let me through, I have important information about the upcoming election for President Ford."
Source: Kitty's Daily Mews, Copyright (c) 1997- 2002 All rights reserved worldwide, http://www.katscratch.com/
What $1,000 would buy you in a computer system (monitor extra):
Chip: 2 GHz
RAM: 512 MB
Hard Drive: 120 GB
Chip: 800 MHZ
RAM: 128 MB
Hard Drive: 12.8 GB
Chip: 166 MHZ
RAM: 16 MB
Hard Drive: 2 GB
Source: U.S. News & World Report, December 9, 2002, http://www.USNews.com