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WITandWISDOM(tm) - November 11, 2005
ISSN 1538-8794

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

Lives based on having are less free than lives based either on doing or on being. - William James

Source: Carol's Thought for Today, http://users.adelphia.net/~mrs.carol

~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:

Lots of parents are filled with pride when they talk about how bright, beautiful and/or talented their children are. I'm certainly no different. I look for every chance to show pictures of my kids and regale my captive listeners with anecdotes of their charm and cleverness.

Years ago, a proud mom named Gail Silvers wrote to tell me about another quality in her adopted six-year-old son Kyle--his loving heart. Apparently, Kyle has a sort of poetry of love and kindness in his blood. When he was five, he told his mom, "When I kiss you, it means that my heart is going into my lips to tell you how much I love you."

She told me of the time when she and Kyle were on their way home after a five-hour stint with Meals on Wheels and they stopped to render aid to a woman whose car had broken down and was parked on the side of the road. In her car were three children, including a two-year-old baby.

Kyle was curious and when his mom told him the family needed some help, he replied, "There's a baby in the car who's scared because their car is broken. I have to talk to her." When Gail told him the little girl didn't speak English, he said, "Mommy, do you think she speaks love?"

Kyle went to the baby, talked quietly, hugged her and kissed her cheek. Then he decided to entertain the two-year-old with a 10-minute slapstick routine that even took Gail by surprise. As the baby and everyone else laughed, it was clear that Kyle's instincts were right. The baby knew how to speak love, a universal language we all ought to speak more often.

This is Michael Josephson reminding you that character counts.

By Michael Josephson of CHARACTER COUNTS!
"Mommy, Do You Think She Speaks Love?"

Reprinted from Michael Josephson's Commentaries with permission of the Josephson Institute of Ethics. If you would like to receive these commentaries in a weekly e-newsletter, please visit http://www.charactercounts.org/knxtoc.htm

2005 Josephson Institute of Ethics;Michael Josephson, one of the nation's leading ethicists, is the founder of the Josephson Institute of Ethics and the premier youth character education program, Character Counts! For further information visit http://www.charactercounts.org

Source: Weekend Encounter, by Dick Innes, Copyright (c) ACTS International, 2004, http://www.actsweb.org/subscribe.htm

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

How To Know You Are Growing Old

You get winded playing cards.

Your children begin to look middle aged.

You join a health club and don't go.

You look forward to dull evenings

You sit in a rocking chair and can't get it going.

You know all the answers but nobody asks you questions.

You sink your teeth into a steak and they stay there.

Source: Clean Hewmor, mailto:clean-hewmor-subscribe@welovegod.org

~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:

The teacher wrote "Like I ain't had no fun in months" on the board
and then she said, "Andretti, how should I correct that?"

David replied, "Maybe get a new boyfriend?"

Source: The Funnies, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/andychaps_the-funnies

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

"Ten Easy Ways to Keep Me from Visiting Your Church Because I Visited Your Website." Tony Morgan of Grainger Community Church offers some vital insights.
Church webmasters take note:

http://guide.gospelcom.net/rd?b05july-ways

From: Web Evangelism Bulletin http://guide.gospelcom.net/resources/webull05jul1.php

Source: Weekend Encounter, by Dick Innes, Copyright (c) ACTS International, 2004, http://www.actsweb.org/subscribe.htm


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