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WITandWISDOM(tm) – June 2, 2004
How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it. - Marcus Aurelius
Source: Carol's Thought for Today, http://www.kalama.com/~carola/
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
In Point Man, Steve Farrar tells the story of George McCluskey.
When McCluskey married and started a family, he decided to invest one hour a day in prayer, because he wanted his kids to follow Christ. After a time, he expanded his prayers to include his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Every day between 11 a.m. and noon, he prayed for the next three generations.
As the years went by, his two daughters committed their lives to Christ and married men who went into full-time ministry. The two couples produced four girls and one boy. Each of the girls married a minister, and the boy became a pastor. The first two children born to this generation were both boys. Upon graduation from high school, the two cousins chose the same college and became roommates.
During their sophomore year, one boy decided to go into the ministry. The other didn't. He undoubtedly felt some pressure to continue the family legacy, but he chose instead to pursue his interest in psychology. He earned his doctorate and eventually wrote books for parents that became bestsellers. He started a radio program heard on more than a thousand stations each day. The man's name was James Dobson. Through his prayers, George McCluskey affected far more than one family.
By Loyal J. Martin, Newton, Kansas. Leadership, Vol. 16, no. 4
Source: A Dose of Inspiration, http://www.quietstones.com/mydailydose
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
Two bone weary office workers were working their little hearts out. Their department was just too busy for staff to be able to take flex. But there had to be a way... One of the two suddenly lifted his head. "I know how to get some time off work" the man whispered.
"How?" hissed coworker at the next workstation.
Instead of answering, the man quickly looked around. No sign of his Director. He jumped up on his desk, kicked out a couple of ceiling tiles and hoisted himself up. "Look!" he replied, then swinging his legs over a metal pipe, hung upside down.
Within seconds, the Director emerged from the Branch Head's office at the far end of the floor. He saw the worker hanging from the ceiling, and asked him what on earth he thought he was doing.
"I'm a light bulb" he answered.
"I think you need some time off," barked the Director. "Get out of here - that's an order - and I don't want to see you back here for at least another two days! You understand me?"
"Yes sir" the he answered meekly, then jumped down, logged off his computer and left.
The coworker was hot on his heels.
"Where do you think you're going?" the boss asked.
"Home," he said lightly. "I can't work in the dark."
Source: Pulpit Supply, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
One young man was riding his bicycle across a university campus. A passerby
saw that a message on the front of his T-shirt announced his occupational goal: "I AM GOING TO BE A DOCTOR."
As the cyclist rode on, the passerby noticed a sign on the rear of his bicycle : "I AM GOING TO BE A MERCEDES."
Source: Clean Hewmor, email@example.com
Many have heard of the dodo - that bird that became extinct some three hundred years ago on the island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean.
Recently, a new fact involving the dodo has come to light. On the island of Mauritius there is a tree known as the calvaria. There are only thirteen of them left, arid they are all more than three hundred years old. They produce seeds, but since 1681 no one has been able to get one to sprout. A scientist wondered whether the dodo might have played a part in causing calvaria seeds to sprout, since the last tree sprouted about the time the dodo became extinct.
Dr. Stanley Temple had a theory. He knew that the calvaria seed has an extremely tough shell and that the dodo used to eat the seeds. He wondered whether perhaps the seed might have had to endure all the grinding of the dodo's gizzard, as well as the chemical action of the acids and other fluids in the bird's stomach, before it could sprout. To test his theory, Dr. Temple took ten calvaria seeds and force-fed them to turkeys, whose gizzards are thought to be much like those of the extinct dodo. Wonder of wonders! Three of the ten seeds sprouted. Now it is known that when the last dodo died, the calvaria was also doomed - but it took three hundred years to figure out the connection!
Source: Glimpses of God's Love by James A. Tucker and Priscilla Tucker, Copyright (c) 1983 by Review and Herald Publishing Association, http://isbn.nu/0828002169
Submitted by Nancy Simpson