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WITandWISDOM(tm) - January 22, 2007
"The best portion of a good man's life is his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love." - William Wordsworth
Source: Weekend Encounter, by Dick Innes, Copyright (c) ACTS International, 2004, http://www.actsweb.org/subscribe.php
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
A church newsletter mentioned a man who visited eighteen different churches on successive Sundays. He was trying to find out what the churches were really like. He said, "I sat near the front. After the service, I walked slowly to the rear, then returned to the front and went back to the foyer using another aisle. I smiled and was neatly dressed. I asked one person to direct me to a specific place: a fellowship hall, pastor's study, etc. I remained for coffee if served. I used a scale to rate the reception I received. I awarded points on the following basis:
10 for a smile from a worshiper
10 for a greeting from someone sitting nearby
100 for an exchange of names
200 for an invitation to have coffee
200 for an invitation to return
1000 for an introduction to another worshiper
2000 for an invitation to meet the pastor
On this scale, eleven of the eighteen churches earned fewer than 100 points. Five actually received less than 20.
The conclusion: The doctrine may be biblical, the singing inspirational, the sermon uplifting, but when a visitor finds nobody who cares whether he's here, he is not likely to come back."
Source: Laugh & Lift, http://www.laughandlift.com/list.html
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
This likely a legend but it is an interesting story:
On one occasion Jesse James and his gang sought food and rest at a lonely farmhouse. The woman there gave them what food she could and apologized for the poor hospitality. A widow and deeply in debt, she was even then waiting for the debt collector to visit her to demand $1,400, which she could not possibly afford to pay.
Jesse James had the spoils of one of his bank raids with him. He gave the astonished woman enough money to pay off her debt, telling her to be sure to get a receipt from the debt collector. Then he and his gang withdrew to watch the road leading to the farmhouse.
Along came the debt collector, looking very grim. A short while later he emerged from the farm, looking altogether more pleased with himself. Jesse James and his men stopped him, recovered their $1,400, and rode off.
Submitted by Lorraine
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
I cna ytpe 300 wrods pre mniuet.
Source: The Lame Humor List, http://absoluterobeo.com
Every time my husband, John, a chief petty officer, drove through the back gate of the Naval Air Station at Alameda, Calif., he seemed to encounter the same Marine guard, who would invariably salute him. One afternoon John stopped and asked, "Private, how come you salute me every time I come through?" "Well, chief," the Marine explained, "I salute everybody. That way, I stay out of trouble and help make everyone's day. It sure makes mine!" With that, he gave my husband a smart salute and a cheery smile. It did indeed make John's day.
Contributed to "Humor In Uniform" by Mary Lou Postak
Source: America In Uniform, http://www.beliefnet.com/user/newsletter_choose.asp