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WITandWISDOM(tm) - January 31, 2007
Make the most of today. Translate your good intentions into actual deeds. - Grenville Kleiser
Source: Carol's Thought for Today, http://users.adelphia.net/~mrs.carol
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
A boy came home from school one day with a note from his teacher saying she had to punish him for swearing. His father took him aside and said, "Well, son, what about it?"
The boy replied, "I have nothing to say, Dad. I deserved it. She heard me say what I said and called me into her office."
"Then what happened?"
"Well, she asked me where I had heard such language. But I didn't give you away, Dad. I blamed it on the parrot."
Need I say more except to say that the heart of all effective teaching is "show me don't tell me." That is, we need to model what we want our children to learn, be, and do!
"Only let your conversation and manner of life be worthy of the gospel" (Philippians 1:27).
Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to model for my children and others the kind of person you want me to be so that others seeing what you have done in my life will want the same for themselves. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."
Source: "Daily Encounter," by Dick Innes is a week-day inspirational from ACTS International. It is now going to 48,000+ subscribers. Scores of letters from around the world have come from readers saying how much they are being helped by this brief, practical devotional. You can see more samples and subscribe from: http://www.actsweb.org/daily_encounter.php
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
The Wisdom of Children
When your dad is mad and asks you, "Do I look stupid?" Don't answer.
Never tell your Mom her diet's not working.
Stay away from prunes.
Don't pull Dad's finger when he tells you to.
Never let your three-year-old brother in the same room as your school assignment.
If you want a kitten, start out by asking for a horse.
Felt-tip markers are not good to use as lipstick.
Don't pick on your sister when she's holding a baseball bat.
When you get a bad grade in school, show it to your Mom when she's on the phone.
Source: Good, Clean Funnies, http://www.slonet.org/~tellswor
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
"There must be something to acupuncture -- after all, you never see any sick porcupines." - Bob Goddard
Submitted by Quirk
MEXICO, Mo. (01-10-07) - Ray Heilwagen has his wallet back, 62 years after he lost it in France during World War II. Late last year, Heilwagen received a call from Stephen Breitenstein of Palatine, Ill.
"He said, 'Did you lose a billfold?' and I remembered I did," Heilwagen told the Hannibal Courier-Post. "Then he said, 'I found it and will send it to you.'
"I could hardly believe it."
Breitenstein's father, who also served in France during World War II, recently died. Digging through his father's possessions — ironically on Veteran's Day — Stephen Breitenstein found the old wallet. He figured his dad found it during the war and brought it home, hoping to find the owner. Not knowing how to do so, he left it in a drawer for more than six decades.
Using the Internet, Breitenstein tracked down Heilwagen. After their phone conversation, he mailed the wallet to him.
"He sent it to me, and I received it in very good order," Heilwagen said. "It had everything in it — (French) francs and pictures and my original Social Security card and some receipts."
The wallet also included an article from the Courier-Post (Heilwagen grew up in Hannibal) that his parents had mailed to him during the war.
Heilwagen served with the Army's 79th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army, which was in combat in France from their arrival in July 1944 until he was injured and hospitalized that November with a leg injury. He received a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star.
"We were in combat continuously, every day almost," he recalled. "We were in a battle and received small arms fire, then a German mortar came in and exploded. It blew me into the river, and I had about five pieces of shrapnel in my right leg."
As medics helped him in the field, Heilwagen recalled pulling out his billfold to look at pictures. The next day, he was taken to a French hospital, where the shrapnel was removed.
"They were getting ready to ship me out to another hospital, and I looked for my billfold, and it was gone," said Heilwagen, who was later discharged and returned to Missouri. He retired after a 39-year career with Southwestern Bell Telephone.
As for Breitenstein, "I was impressed that a stranger would go to such trouble to locate me and return my wallet," Heilwagen said.
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Submitted by Kiri