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WITandWISDOM(tm) - December 12, 2006
Count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self. – Aristotle
Source: Inspire, http://www.inspirelist.com/
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
The ticket agent for the private museum had seen many different kinds of people among the crowds that had come to look at the new exhibit, “Christ and Pilate,” but the man with a sailor cap now approaching was the last she expected to see in such a place. From his tousled hair and unkempt whiskers to his baggy trousers and worn shoes, he showed the effects of a rough and careless life.
This was the sailor’s second day in port. Since his arrival he had visited his mother. She had begged him to see the famous picture, and he had at last consented. Now he regretted his weakness. The reverent atmosphere of the room held no meaning for him. He sank upon the bench opposite the picture of Jesus and His haughty judge.
Gradually the significance of the painting began to dawn upon him. The look of patience and peace upon the Galilean’s brow revealed clearly that He was master of the situation. His face showed pity for Pilate. How could this be? The sailor stood up to move closer. At last the truth burst upon him. He saw himself in Pilate’s place. He bowed and wept, asking God to forgive his wayward life and make him like Jesus. Then he groped his way out of the room, unmindful of the wondering gaze of the ticket agent. He had looked upon Jesus and had found a Savior.
There is still life in a look. Whatever our circumstances or our record, the promise is for us. His power to save is ever available. If with Peter we cry, “Lord, save me,” He will surely come to our rescue, forgiving the past and giving strength for the future.
By James H. Stirling
Source: Signs of the Times, Copyright (c) December 22, 1953, Pacific Press, http://www.signstimes.com
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
If the metric system ever takes over in the USA we may have to say the following:
A miss is as good as 1.6 kilometers.
Put your best 0.3 of a meter forward.
Spare the 5.03 meters and spoil the child.
Twenty eight grams of prevention is worth 453 grams of cure.
Give a man 2.5 centimeters and he'll take 1.6 kilometers.
Peter Piper picked 8.8 liters of pickled peppers.
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
Pat and his wife, Martha, were getting ready to leave home for a vacation. Martha started out the door, then stopped and said, "Pat, this time you check to see if the coffee pot is off, television plugs are pulled, burglar alarm on, doors locked, and I'll go out and blow the horn."
(Ananova 9-06) A Dutch scientist has been encouraging young people to drink and drive - on a racing track.
Karel Brookhuis, of the University of Groningen, says his special course dissuades them from drink-driving for real.
Young people taking driving lessons in his home town of Emmen are also offered the special course, reports Het Laatste Nieuws.
They drink alcohol until they reach the drink-drive limit then they go on to the track where they attempt a slalom course, parking and an emergency stop.
According to Mr Brookhuis, every single person to take the special course in the ten years they have been running has failed the test.
"But at the same time they realized it is impossible to drive properly once they had drunk alcohol," he said.
"Youngsters who took the drink driving test were not likely to attempt to drink and drive in their later life."
According to a survey, young people who took the alcohol test were six times less likely to be later caught for drink driving.
Each year 160 young people in Emmen enlist for the test. Brookhuis said he would like to extend it nationwide.
Source: Ananova http://www.ananova.com