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WITandWISDOM(tm) - April 28, 2003
"God give me work, till my life shall end
And life, till my work is done."
- Winifred Holtby's epitaph
Source: The Daily Delight!, mailto:email@example.com
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
"So here I [Caleb] am today, eighty-five years old! I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out; I'm just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then. Now give me this hill country that the LORD promised me that day. You yourself heard then that the Anakites were there and their cities were large and fortified, but, the LORD helping me, I will drive them out just as he said" (Joshua 14:10-12, NIV).
A former mentor of mine, the late Cecil Osborne, spent most of his working years as the pastor of a church that helped found a number of daughter churches. He also saw the need for a counseling ministry for hurting people and when he retired from the pastorate at or about age 65, he set up a full-time counseling ministry. He was close to age 60 when he published his first of a dozen books, The Art of Understanding Yourself," and kept counseling until he was well into his 80s.
Numerous other people have seen great achievements in their senior years. For example, "Cervantes completed Don Quixote when he was nearing 70. Clara Barton, at 59, founded the American Red Cross. Goethe finished the dramatic poem 'Faust' at 82. Verdi composed 'Othello' at 73, 'Falstaff' in his late seventies. Benjamin Disraeli became Prime Minister of England for the second time at 70."
"Pablo Picasso was still painting at age 91. Arturo Toscanini gave his last performance at 87. Konrad Adenauer was chancellor of West Germany at 87. And the accomplishments of many senior members of God's Kingdom would make an even more impressive story if they could all be told."
Admittedly, in Caleb's day people lived much longer than we do today. Nevertheless, no matter how old we are, we are never too old to serve God. Just check with your pastor and he will show you many ways you can do this.
Submitted by Sherry Purdy
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
New York magazine challenged its readers to dream up imaginary sequels to existing movies. Some of the best entries were:
The Godfather: Greatest Hits
Rear Windows 95
Duplicate Bridge on the River Kwai
Second Wind in the Willows
Mylanta With Andre
You've Got Mail: Second Notice
It's Still Pretty Quiet on the Western Front
By Mary Ann Madden in New York
Source: Reader's Digest, Copyright (c) March 2002, http://www.readersdigest.com/
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
Nancy was cleaning house. When her 4-year-old son wandered in to see what she was doing, she asked him to see what shape his room was in.
He was gone for a few minutes and then came back to report, "It's still square."
Source: Pulpit Supply, mailto:PulpitSupplyfirstname.lastname@example.org
What animal can withstand the most extreme conditions?
Possibly the toughest animals on Earth are tardigrades or "water bears." The size of a dust particle, they have a head and eight stubby legs attached to a blunt, transparent body. Tardigrades can be frozen alive, dried in a vacuum, subjected to massive radiation, and squeezed with pressures six times greater than those at the bottom of the ocean. These tiny creatures are all around us; there are probably some in your roof's gutters right now.
When the water they live in dries up, tardigrades dry up too. All life processes come to a complete stop and they become totally inert, but they are not dead. Should it rain again, they soak up water and are fully restored, ready to drink the juice of moss plants and make more little water bears.
From: The Learning Kingdom
Source: Nybble Weekly Newsletter, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/nybble