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WITandWISDOM(tm) - January 16, 2007
If you look to others for fulfillment, you will never truly be fulfilled. If your happiness depends on money, you will never be happy with yourself. - Lao-tzu (Tao Te Ching trans. by Stephen Mitchell)
Source: Quote Lady's Quote of the Day, mailto:email@example.com
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
My friend Sam works at Einstein Brothers Bagels, where I write my books. Sam has a Muslim dad and a kind-of-Baptist mom. Recently, as I was going through the line, Sam waved me over. "I've lost my wallet again. I don't know where it is!"
"Sam, I will pray for you," I assured him.
"I guess it can't hurt," he replied (I get that response a lot).
Ten minutes later, he came over and told me he had found it. "All right!" I rejoiced. "Hey, you can ask me to pray for you any time." He laughed.
The next week as I went through the line, Sam let me know his ulcer was acting up. "Sam, is there anything I can get you?" I asked. He sent me over to the nearby Cub Foods to pick up some medicine. When I came back, I told him I would pray, too. This time he welcomed my prayers a little more enthusiastically.
Ten minutes later, he approached me and said he felt much better and hadn't needed to take the medicine. That was very unusual for him. "Man, I wish I had prayed for you before I went and bought that medicine!" I exclaimed. He laughed again.
These days, he doesn't wait for me to ask. When I see Sam, he often asks me to pray for him without any suggestion from me at all.
By Rick Richardson in Reimagining Evangelism: Inviting Friends on a Spiritual Journey (IVP, 2006), p. 20-21, http://isbn.nu/0830833420
Source: Preaching Today, http://tinyurl.com/328jd
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
A Retiree's Thoughts (Idle Thoughts Of A Retiree's Mind)
I had amnesia once -- or twice.
Protons have mass? I didn't even know they were Catholic.
All I ask is a chance to prove that money can't make me happy.
If the world were a logical place, men would be the ones who ride horses sidesaddle.
What is a "free" gift? Aren't all gifts free?
They told me I was gullible and I believed them.
Experience is the thing you have left when everything else is gone.
One nice thing about egotists: they don't talk about other people.
My weight is perfect for my height -- which varies.
I used to be indecisive. Now I'm not sure.
The cost of living hasn't affected its popularity.
How can there be self-help "groups"?
If swimming is so good for your figure, how do you explain whales?
Show me a man with both feet firmly on the ground, and I'll show you a man who can't get his pants off.
Is it me -- or do buffalo wings taste like chicken?
Submitted by Curtis Perkins
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
A cell phone rang during one of our sermon's at church. Our minister said (without missing a beat), "That better be Jesus calling". It turned out to be the church organist's cell phone.
Submitted by Janice Colgan
Question. Why is something great referred to as "A-1"?
Answer. The phrase dates back to the 1820's in England. At that time, Lloyd's of London began classifying ships numerically for insurance purposes. "A Number 1" was the highest rating, and quickly caught on in English society as a way to signify any person, place or thing that was of superior quality. The phrase was sustained by its use as a brand name for steak sauce originally developed for Kind George the IV. The King's personal chef developed the condiment, and popular legend has the King exclaiming "This sauce is A-1!" after his first taste. The chef manufactured the sauce privately after the King's death, ultimately making a deal with a Connecticut based producer.
From: "Panati's Extraordinary Origins of Everyday Things", http://isbn.nu/1559943475
Source: Scream of the Crop, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/scream_of_the_crop/