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WITandWISDOM(tm) - June 5, 2006
"It is a mistake to suppose that men succeed through success; they much oftener succeed through failures. Precept, study, advice, and example could never have taught them so well as failure has done." - Samuel Smiles
Source: Weekend Encounter, by Dick Innes, Copyright (c) ACTS International, 2004, http://www.actsweb.org/subscribe.php
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
One Saturday early in our marriage, I remember looking into the rearview mirror as I pulled out of the driveway to go fishing with several of our children. Barbara was standing on the porch, left with a couple of kids in diapers, while I went off to the lake with the older kids to have a good time.
As I sat in that boat, not catching anything, I thought, You know, I'm pleasing myself, but I haven't done a good job of pleasing Barbara. I realized I needed to give up some of my hobbies for a while to please her and reduce her burden.
Your wife often interprets how much you love or value her by how much you're willing to sacrifice for her. You can please your wife by finding out what her number one need is and helping her meet that need if you can. It may be as simple as taking a walk and talking with her or as complex as confronting a child that has her under his or her control.
Great marriages and great families are rooted in self-denial. In a truly biblical, Christian marriage, both partners are willing to give up their lives for each other.
By Dennis Rainey, Adapted from Moments Together for Living What You Believe (Regal, 2004), Copyright © 2006 by the author or Christianity Today International/Men of Integrity magazine. May/June 2006, Vol. 9, No. 3
Source: Men of Integrity, http://tinyurl.com/jsmyw
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
Headlines From The Year 2029
Ozone created by electric cars now killing millions in the seventh largest country in the world, Mexifornia, formerly known as California. White minorities still trying to have English recognized as Mexifornia's third language
Spotted Owl plague threatens northwestern United States crops and livestock.
Baby conceived naturally. Scientists stumped.
Couple petitions court to reinstate heterosexual marriage.
Iran still closed off; physicists estimate it will take at least 10 more years before radioactivity decreases to safe levels.
France pleads for global help after being taken over by Jamaica.
Castro finally dies at age 112; Cuban cigars can now be imported legally, but President Chelsea Clinton has banned all smoking.
George Z. Bush says he will run for President in 2036.
Postal Service raises price of first class stamp to $17.89 and reduces mail delivery to Wednesdays only.
85-year / $75.8 billion study: Diet and Exercise is the key to weight loss.
Average weight of Americans drops to 250 lbs.
Supreme Court rules punishment of criminals, violates their civil rights.
Average height of NBA players now nine feet, seven inches.
New federal law requires that all nail clippers, screwdrivers, fly swatters and rolled-up newspapers must be registered by January 2036.
Congress authorizes direct deposit of formerly illegal political contributions to campaign accounts.
IRS sets lowest tax rate at 75 percent.
Florida voters still having trouble with voting machines.
Submitted by Orvie Jensen
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
In the waiting room a patient watches as a hunched-over gentleman enters and with the use of a cane, slowly shuffles to the doctor's office. A few minutes later the gentle comes out of the office walking upright and makes even strides across the room. The patient cannot believe how well the old gentleman is walking and asks if the doctor gave him some kind of miracle cure.
"No," the old fellow replies, "he gave me a longer cane."
Source: Monday Fodder
Film producer Joseph Levine once presented Marcello Mastroianni with a magnificent gold wristwatch. It could have been an embarrassing moment, for the actor was already wearing a gold watch.
On seeing what was inside the package, however, Mastroianni took off his own watch and nonchalantly dropped it into the nearest wastebasket.
Submitted by Lorraine