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WITandWISDOM(tm) - May 3, 2006
Money will not buy happiness, but it will let you be unhappy in nice places.
Submitted by Lorraine
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
In his 1968 book Life More Abundant, Charles Allen told of a great violinist who thrilled his audience with his playing. At the end of the piece, he shocked onlookers by smashing the violin over a chair. (This was before rock bands destroyed their instruments.)
Then he picked up another violin and said, "Don't be alarmed. The one I smashed was purchased for only a few dollars in a shop down the street. I shall now play on my Stradivarius."
He played the same selection, but most of the listeners could not tell the difference.
Then the violinist said, "Friends, so much has been said about the value of my violin that I wanted to impress upon you that music is not in the instrument; it is in the one who plays upon it."
We often think it takes special people to do great things in the world. But the virtuoso God who plays his perfect music can use any willing instrument. You. Me. Anyone who puts himself in God's hands.
Not the instrument, but the musician, makes the music.
I'm glad God can use me to produce his sweet strains and further his plan for the world.
Take this truth and shine brightly where you are today.
“The Musician Makes The Music”, By J. Randal Matheny, Copyright (c) 2006, All rights reserved
Source: UpLift, Your Day to Shine by J. Randal Matheny
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
When she was about three years old, I began taking my daughter, Sally, fishing with me. Since she caught very little, I'd ask her if she'd like to reel in one of my fish. This, I felt, would give her the idea of how it was to be done, and keep her from getting disheartened and bored.
Just before her 13th birthday, we were out in the canoe and she was pulling in fish after fish, while I couldn't hook even one. Finally, after about her 12th fish, Sally turned to me and softly asked, "Would you like to reel in my next fish, Dad?"
Submitted by Lorraine
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
There's a book that tells you where you should go on your vacation. It's called your checkbook.
Submitted by Andrew
BERLIN (Reuters 4-15-06) - A cat saved the life of a newborn baby abandoned on the doorstep of a Cologne house in the middle of the night by meowing loudly until someone woke up, a police spokesman said Saturday.
"The cat is a hero," Cologne police spokesman Uwe Beier said. "Its loud meowing got the attention of the homeowner and saved the baby from suffering life-threatening hypothermia. The homeowner opened door to see why the cat was making so much noise and discovered the newborn."
Beier said the boy was taken to hospital at 5 a.m. on Thursday, when overnight temperatures fell toward zero, and had suffered only mild hypothermia. He said there was no indication of what happened to the boy's mother.
© Reuters 2006. All Rights Reserved
Source: Reuters, http://reuters.com