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~~~~~~~ WIT and WISDOM - February 15, 1999
Youth is not a time of life, it is a state of mind. People grow old only by deserting their ideals and by outgrowing the consciousness of youth. Years wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. You are as old as your doubts, your fears and your despair. - Dr. L. F. Phelan Bits & Pieces, January 7, 1993
(Magazine: BITS & PIECES http://www.epinc.com/)
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
The carpenter I hired to help me restore an old farmhouse had just finished a rough first day on the job. A flat tire made him lose an hour of work, his electric saw quit, and now his ancient pickup truck refused to start.
While I drove him home, he sat in stony silence. On arriving, he invited me in to meet his family. As we walked toward the front door, he paused briefly at a small tree, touching tips of the branches with both hands.
When opening the door, he underwent an amazing transformation. His tanned face was wreathed in smiles and he hugged his two small children and gave his wife a kiss.
Afterward he walked me to the car. We passed the tree and my curiosity got the better of me. I asked him about what I had seen him do earlier. Oh, that's my trouble tree," he replied. "I know I can't help having troubles on the job, but one thing's for sure, troubles don't belong in the house with my wife and the children. So I just hang them up on the tree every night when I come home. Then in the morning I pick them up again."
"Funny thing is," he smiled, "when I come out in the morning to pick 'em up, there ain't nearly as many as I remember hanging up the night before."
- Author Unknown
Submitted by Marye McKenney
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
Bob Logan, a church growth specialist shares some of his favorite actual church names:
Waterproof Baptist Church
Fireworks Station Assembly of God
Battleground Baptist Church
Harmony Baptist Church - and 1/2 mile away Harmony Baptist Church, #2
Country Club Christian Church
Hell for Certain Friends Church (not sure about that one!!!)
Logan Uniting Church (Australian - Bob "Logan" likes this one)
Boring Assembly of God Church
Boring Seventh Day Adventist Church, Pastor Elder Dull
Whiskey Junction Baptist Church
Here is Bob's all time favorite:
The Original Church of God - #2, est. 1953 in Lansing Michigan.
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~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
A little boy went to the store with his grandmother and on the way home, he was looking at the things she had purchased. He found a package of panty hose and began to sound out the words "QUEEN SIZE." He then turned to his grandmother and exclaimed, "Look Granny, You wear the same size as our bed!"
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HONGKONG: There are still 6,610 farmers in Hongkong. They farm about 29 square kilometers of area (approximately 18 square miles). Besides the animal farmers - pigs, chickens and ducks - many of the others now grow exotic types of vegetables like butter lettuces, sweet peppers and shark's fin squash. They supply 14% of the vegetables consumed locally while mainland-grown crops supply 57%. -From South China Morning Post - November 1, 1998
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