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WITandWISDOM(tm) - May 24, 2005
A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you, and were helped by you, will remember you when forget-me-nots are withered. Carve your name on hearts, and not on marble. - Charles H. Spurgeon
Source: My Daily Dose of Inspiration, http://www.quietstones.com/mydailydose
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
A number of ears ago when my son was younger, I was giving him a ride to school when we discovered that Ben had forgotten to bring his lunchbox. As I turned the car around, I began lecturing him about his irresponsibility. Ben sat quietly and didn't utter a word to defend himself. That made the tense moment even more irritating to me.
Softly the thoughts came to me about my own irresponsibility’s and shortcomings. Had I never been irresponsible... ? What about the previous week when I'd forgotten Susan's dental appointment... ? I was convicted, yet still angry, and in my self-righteous pride I snapped at Ben and told him if he would ask my forgiveness I would forgive him. He didn't respond right away, but instead sat silently in the front seat.
"Ben, do you want to be forgiven or not?!" I snapped.
"yeah mom" he answered softly... " I was just praying first ... will you forgive me...?"
My heart broke and I melted as his humility and innocent heart changed my whole countenance toward him. " Oh Ben, of course I will - and will you forgive me for getting angry...?"
"Sure mom" he answered...
Then I humbled myself and told Ben how often the Lord used my attempts at parenting to teach me that I oftentimes needed to grow in the same areas. By the time we'd picked up his lunchbox and began the journey back to school the atmosphere had changed and we shared a special moment together.
As Ben eagerly bolted out of the car at school, he turned to me with his customary "Love ya mom!" and I realized I had been forgiven twice ... by Ben... and the Lord...
Source: Story of Encouragement,
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
 a game that consists of a lot of walking, broken up by disappointment and bad arithmetic.
 a game of opposites - the world's slowest people are ahead of you, and the fastest are behind.
 a colorful sport that keeps you on the green, in the pink, and financially in the red.
 a game which is allowed to be played on Sunday (under blue laws) because it was not considered a game by the law, but a form of moral effort.
 a game a lot like taxation - you drive hard to get to the green, and then you find yourself in a hole.
GOLF CART, n.
 A popular mode of transportation because, unlike a caddie, it can neither count, criticize, nor snicker.
 a guy who has the advantage over a fisherman - he doesn't have to bring home anything when he brags he had a great day.
Submitted by Michael
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
Why does night fall but never break and day break but never fall?
The town dump is so full that it may have to start to refuse refuse.
Source: Arizona Humor, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/arizona_humor/
Who's the guy on the NBA logo?
As we learned from the Basketball History category, the fabled Jerry West, otherwise known as "Mr.Clutch," is the player in profile on the official NBA logo. As his biography on NBA.com points out, West is widely regarded as one of the greatest guards in the history of the game. Not especially gifted by height or athleticism, he was a notoriously driven player who broke his nose nine times and often had to be carried off the court.
Jerry West grew up in a blue-collar family in Cheylan, West Virginia. After a stellar career at West Virginia University, he was recruited by the Minneapolis Lakers in 1960. The team moved down to Los Angeles that year, and over the next 14 years, West's career with the Lakers proved the stuff of legends.
West was elected to the All Star Team 14 times but only won one championship. He was the third player to score more than 25,000 points, and averaged 27 points per game. His most famous shot, a 60-footer with no time left, sent a 1970 Laker-Knick championship game into overtime.
In 1997, West was named one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history. For the casual basketball fan, the list features some fairly obvious names (Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar), but you'll also find some more scholarly choices like Dolph Schayes and Dave Bing.
Source: Top Greetings