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WITandWISDOM(tm) - January 17, 2007
Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand and melting like a snowflake. - Marie Beyon Ray
Source: Carol's Thought for Today, http://users.adelphia.net/~mrs.carol
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
"Now the body is not made up of one part but of many. If the foot should say, 'Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,' it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. And if the ear should say, 'Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,' it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be?" - 1 Corinthians 12:14-17 (NIV)
Steve Klusmeyer writes:
"Life might be less complicated for all of us if we each received our own LEGO kit at birth. Yes, I realize there is a choking hazard for children under three. But when you are old enough, you can learn a lot from LEGOs. I have learned that:
"Size doesn't matter. When stepped on in the dark, a 2X2 LEGO brick causes the same amount of pain as a 2X8 brick.
"All LEGO men are created equal (1.5625 inches tall). What they become is limited only by imagination.
"There is strength in numbers. When the bricks stick together, great things can be accomplished.
"Playtime is important. Sometimes it doesn't matter what you are building, as long as you're having fun.
"Disaster happens. But the pieces can be put back together again.
"Every brick has a purpose. Some are made for a specific spot--most can adapt almost anywhere - but every one will fit somewhere.
"Color doesn't matter. A blue brick will fit in the same space as a red brick.
"No one is indispensable. If one brick is unavailable, another can take its place.
"It doesn't always turn out as planned. Sometimes it turns out better. If it doesn't, you can always try again."
From: Steve Klusmeyer’s website: http://tinyurl.com/q4bm7
Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to remember that I have a part to play in your body, the Church, and that I am not any more or less important than any other member. Help me to play my part faithfully that my life will bring honor and glory to your name. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."
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~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
The Founding Fathers were sitting around a table sometime in 1776, working on the constitution. It had been a long day.
Father1: Whew! It's getting rather warm in here, isn't it?
Father2: Shall I open the window?
Father1: No, that's alright. I'll just take off my jacket, and roll up my sleeves.
Father2: Hey, that's a good idea. Why don't we include that in the constitution?
Father1: What? That we're allowed to take our jackets off and roll up our sleeves while at work?
Father2: Yeah, but that doesn't sound very smooth. How about "Everyone shall have the right to bare arms?"
Source: Clean Hewmor, mailto:email@example.com
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
A young lady, having committed some small offense, was made to eat dinner alone, at a little table in the corner of the kitchen.
The rest of the family was paying her no attention until she began to pray in a loud voice, "I thank you, Lord, for preparing this table before me in the presence of mine enemies..."
Submitted by B. B.
Bertoldo de Giovanni is a name even the most enthusiastic lover of art is unlikely to recognize. He was the pupil of Donatello, the greatest sculptor of his time, and he was the teacher of Michelangelo, the greatest sculptor of all time. Michelangelo was only 14 years old when he came to Bertoldo, but it was already obvious that he was enormously gifted. Bertoldo was wise enough to realize that gifted people are often tempted to coast rather than to grow, and therefore he kept trying to pressure his young prodigy to work seriously at his art. One day he came into the studio to find Michelangelo toying with a piece of sculpture far beneath his abilities. Bertoldo grabbed a hammer, stomped across the room, and smashed the work into tiny pieces, shouting this unforgettable message, “Michelangelo, talent is cheap; dedication is costly!”
From: A Call to Excellence by Gary Inrig
Source: SermonCentral Weekly Newsletter,