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WITandWISDOM(tm) - April 27, 2001
He drew a circle that shut me out
Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout.
But Love and I had the wit to win
We drew a circle that took him in.
- Edwin Markham
Source: Peter's Pearls http://www.peterspearls.com.au
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
He Never Came Dressed That Way Again
I saw him in the church building for the first time last Wednesday. He was in his mid 70's with silver hair and a neat brown suit. Many times in the past I had invited him to come. Several friends had talked to him about the Lord and had tried to share the Good News with him. He was a well-respected, honest man with so many characteristics a Christian should have, but he had never put on Christ.
I had asked him a few years ago, "Have you ever been to a church service in your life?" We had just finished a pleasant day of visiting and talking. He hesitated, then with a bitter smile he told me of a childhood experience some sixty years ago.
He was one of many children in a large impoverished family. His parents had struggled to provide food, with little left for housing and clothing. When he was about ten, some neighbors invited him to worship with them. The Bible class had been very exciting. He had never heard such songs and stories before. He had never heard anyone read from the Bible before.
After class was over, the teacher took him aside and said, "Son, please don't come again dressed as you are now. We want to look our best when we come worship the Lord." He stood in his ragged, unpatched overalls, looked at his bare, dirty feet and said, "No ma'am, I won't ever!" And he never did.
There must have been other factors to have hardened him so, but this experience formed a significant part of the bitterness in his heart. I'm sure the Bible teacher meant well, but what if she had studied and accepted the teachings found in the second chapter of James? What if she had put her arms around that dirty, ragged little boy and said, "Son, I'm so glad you are here, and I hope you will come every chance you get to hear more about Jesus!"
I pray that I might ever be open to the tenderness of a child's heart, and that I might never fail to see beyond the appearance and behavior of a child to the eternal possibilities within.
Yes, I saw him in the church house for the first time last Wednesday. As I looked at that immaculately dressed old gentleman lying in his casket, I thought of the little boy of long ago. I could almost hear him saying, "No ma'am, I won't ever!" .... and I wept.
Source: Monday Fodder dgaufaaa@i ohk.com?subject=Subscribe_Monday_Fodder
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
A new mom took her baby daughter to the supermarket for the first time.
She dressed her in pink from head to toe.
At the store, she placed her in the shopping cart and put her purchases around her.
At the checkout line a small boy and his mother were ahead of them.
The boy was crying and begging for some special treat.
The new mom assumed that he wanted some candy or gum and that his mother wouldn't let him have any.
But then she heard his mother's reply.
"No!" she said, looking in the direction of the new mom. "You may not have a baby sister today. That lady got the last one!"
Source: Clean Hewmor, clean-hewmor- firstname.lastname@example.org
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
My father always loved fast cars. Taking advantage of the empty roads one morning, he accelerated down a wide-open stretch. Unfortunately, a young police officer was waiting at the other end, and Dad was flagged down. He greeted the officer with a cheery "Good morning."
"And a good morning to you, Wing Commander," replied the officer. "Having trouble taking off?" - Contributed by Susanne Padilha
Source: Reader's Digest, Copyright (c) August 2000, http://www.readersdigest.com
FINDING SIMILAR FONTS
Have you ever had a font that was "almost" what you were looking for? For Windows(r) users, here is how to look at fonts that are similar to the one that's almost right!
1. Click the Start button, Settings, Control Panel.
2. Double Click on Fonts.
3. From the drop down View menu, select "List fonts by similarity."
4. In the "List Fonts by similarity to:" drop down box, select the font name for which you wish to find other similar fonts.
5. You'll now get a list in descending order of similarity. Double-click a font to see a sample.
Source: Computer Tips, http://www.coolnewsletters.com