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WITandWISDOM(tm) - April 4, 2003
"Sometimes the majority only means that all the fools are on the same side."
Source: The Funnies, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/andychaps_the-funnies
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
Years ago, a misunderstanding between Joseph Parker and Charles Spurgeon, two prominent ministers in London, made the newspapers and was headed toward even bigger things when the actions of one of the men cooled the flames that had been started. Here's how it happened.
Spurgeon's church operated an orphanage for boys. One day Parker said to some members of his church, "We ought to help Spurgeon with his orphanage, for there are times when the boys don't have proper clothes, and I am sure they could use some food."
One of the men who had heard Parker's suggestion went to Spurgeon and blurted out, "Joseph Parker says the boys in your orphanage don't have enough clothes to wear or sufficient food to eat."
Incensed, Spurgeon mounted the pulpit the next Sunday and lambasted Joseph Parker for his alleged statement. News like that travels fast. Hearing of Spurgeon's blast, a newspaper reporter raced over to Parker's home and asked him whether he would reply to Spurgeon the next Sunday. Parker thought for a moment and then replied. "Yes," he said. "Yes, I will respond to him next Sunday."
The story hit the papers, and people by the hundreds packed Parker's church the following Sunday. When it came time for the morning offering, Parker arose and said simply, "Brother Spurgeon is sick today and cannot preach. This is the day when he takes up an offering for his orphans. May I suggest that we take up that offering for him in our church, for he's doing a great work, and I know all of us would like to have a part in it."
Parker's compassion stirred such a response that the deacons had to empty the plates three times. They bagged the money and took it over to Spurgeon after the service, commenting, "This is a gift from Joseph Parker. He really promoted your program in church today."
Spurgeon was transfixed by Parker's generosity. As soon as he was sufficiently recovered from his illness to be out and about, he went straight to Parker's study. Throwing his arms around his "rival," he said, "You have more of the spirit of Jesus Christ than any man I know."
Jesus not only treated others better than they deserved, He taught His followers to do the same.
By Norman Gulley
Source: Signs of the Times, Copyright (c) February 1995, Pacific Press, http://www.signstimes.com
Submitted by Dale Galusha
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
You may wish to delay reading this until you have more free time.
1. I believe that if anything is worth doing, it would have been done already.
2. I shall never move quickly, except to avoid more work or find excuses.
3. I will never rush into a job without a lifetime of consideration.
4. I shall meet all of my deadlines directly in proportion to the amount of bodily injury I could expect to receive from missing them.
5. I firmly believe that tomorrow holds the possibility for new technologies, astounding discoveries, and a reprieve from my obligations.
6. I truly believe that all deadlines are unreasonable regardless of the amount of time given.
7. If at first I don't succeed, there is always next year.
8. I shall always decide not to decide, unless of course l decide to change my mind.
9. I shall always begin, start, initiate, take the first step, and/or write the first word, when I get around to it.
10. I will never put off until tomorrow, what I can forget about forever.
Source: The Flush(tm), http://www.funinmichigan.com/index.htm
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
My mom admitted to being a less than fastidious housekeeper. One evening my dad returned home from work, walked into the kitchen and said, "You know, dear, I can write my name in the dust on the mantel."
Mom turned to him and sweetly replied, "Well, darling, that's why I married a college graduate."
Source: Colorado Comments, http://coloradocomments.com/
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