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WITandWISDOM(tm) - June 25, 2003
"The only certain means of success is to render more and better service than is expected of you, no matter what your task may be." - Og Mandino
Source: Quotes From The Masters, http://mailroom.dailyinbox.com/
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
It's 2:40 A.M. I'm standing at the back door, yelling at Lucy, my chocolate Labrador, who has a skunk cornered in the backyard. She's been barking nonstop for a solid hour, and from the smell of things, the source of her angst is alive and well. I've hollered until I'm blue in the face, but she refuses to retreat long enough for the skunk to leave the yard.
Bark! Bark! Bark! Bark!
Finally, in desperation, I dial 911. The dispatcher asks the nature of my emergency.
"My dog has a skunk cornered in the backyard, and I'm afraid it might be rabid. Can anyone help me?"
The woman offers to contact Animal Control.
I hang up and resume hollering out the back door. Eventually, Lucy dashes toward me, and I grab her and escort her heaving, smelly body into the garage. The stench is dreadful.
Just then a knock sounds at the front door. I open it to find a police officer, flashlight in hand.
"Uh, yes, well, I really am sorry for bothering you, officer, but my dog had a skunk cornered in the yard, and I couldn't get her away from it. I've got her in the garage now, though. Thanks so much for stopping by."
"Has the skunk left?"
"I have no idea."
"I'll go check it out."
About that time, two more officers arrive. While one tells me how to get the smell off the dog, the other joins the backyard search. To my amazement, more police officers arrive by the minute - five patrol cars in all - and I am deluged with recipes for de-skunking my dog. The mood is jovial.
Eventually, the search comes to a futile end, the officers say goodbye, and they drive away. And I return to bed and marvel at the power of a desperate, late-night phone call from an over stressed, perplexed woman.
Hebrews 4:16 says, "Let us. . . approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need."
Regardless of how silly our problems may seem, we needn't hesitate to ask for God's help. He is concerned with every aspect of our lives, and He longs to assist us in our times of uncertainty. All we have to do is call.
By Gayle Cox, Fort Worth, Texas
Source: Signs of the Times, Copyright (c) July 2003, Pacific Press, http://www.signstimes.com
Submitted by Dale Galusha
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
A man takes his Rottweiler to the vet. 'My dog's cross-eyed, is there anything you can do for him?'
'Well," says the vet, "let's have a look at him."
So he picks the dog up and examines his eyes, then checks his teeth.
Finally, he says "I'm going to have to put him down."
'What? Because he's cross-eyed?"
"No, because he's heavy."
Source: The Funnies, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/andychaps_the-funnies
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
"Doctor, I'd like you to evaluate my 13 year-old son."
"OK: He's most likely suffering from a transient psychosis with an intermittent rage disorder, punctuated by episodic radical mood swings, but his prognosis is good for full recovery."
"How can you say all that without even meeting him?"
"I thought you said he's 13?"
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There Glows the Neighborhood
The asteroid formerly known as Number 26858 has been renamed "Misterrogers."
From: Associated Press, http://www.ap.org/
Source: The Oregonian, Copyright (c) May 8, 2003, http://www.oregonian.com/
Submitted by Barbara Henry