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WITandWISDOM(tm) - August 20, 2003
Success is generally due to holding on... and failure to letting go. - Author Unknown
Source: Inspire, http://www.inspirelist.com/
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
Corrie ten Boom learned a powerful lesson as a little girl. Having encountered the cold, lifeless body of a baby, she realized that the reality of death would someday strike her family, too. Perhaps her father or mother or sister Betsy, would soon die.
She anxiously worried about these possibilities until her father came in one night to tuck her into bed. Corrie burst into tears and sobbed, "I need you. You can't die. You can't!"
Her father sat on the edge of the narrow bed and spoke tenderly to his daughter. "Corrie," he said gently, "when you and I go to Amsterdam, when do I give you your ticket?"
She sniffed a few times and considered the question. "Why, just before I get on the train," she answered.
"Exactly," he continued. Then he gave her assurance that was to last a lifetime. He told her that a wise God knows when she will need things, too. "Don't run out ahead of God," he cautioned her. "When the time comes that some of us have to die, you will look into your heart and find the strength you need . . . just in time."
Corrie and her family were sent to concentration camps where she suffered greatly during World War II. She, indeed, was to experience the deaths of her parents and sister, as well as numerous friends. She was to endure hardships which she could never have imagined as a young child. But the words of her father stayed with her and proved to be true. "You will look into your heart and find the strength you need . . . just in time."
Regardless of the suffering or hardship she encountered, when she looked inside her heart she found the strength she needed . . . just in time.
Source: Laugh & Lift, http://www.premiumhealth.com/laughlift/
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
The discussion of radiator caps reminds me of an old car I once had. You know the kind, ratty and raggidy, driven when I was a poor college student. I was having trouble with something I couldn't readily identify myself, so I took it into the shop.
The mechanic looked at it a couple of minutes and said, "What you really need is the radiator cap solution."
"Oh," I said, trying not to sound too confused. "Do you mean the radiator cap isn't holding enough pressure?"
"That's part of the problem" he said. "You need to lift the radiator cap and drive another car under it. Then the next day you can replace the radiator cap, and it should solve your problem."
Source: Colorado Comments, http://coloradocomments.com/
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
As the manager of our hospital's softball team, I was responsible for returning equipment to the proper owners at the end of the season. When I walked into the surgery department carrying a bat that belonged to one of the surgeons, I passed several patients and their families in a waiting area.
"Look, honey," one man said to his wife. "Here comes your anesthesiologist."
Source: Pulpit Supply, mailto:email@example.com
We went to breakfast at a restaurant where the special was two eggs, bacon, hash browns and toast for $1.99. "Sounds good," my wife said. "But I don't want the eggs."
"Then I'll have to charge you two dollars and forty-nine cents because you're ordering ala carte," the waitress warned her.
"You mean I'd have to pay for not taking the eggs?" my wife asked incredulously. "I'll take the special."
"How do you want your eggs?"
"Raw and in the shell," my wife replied. She took the two eggs home.
Source: Clean Laffs, http://www.shagmail.com/sub/sub-jokes.html