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WITandWISDOM(tm) - May 2, 2007
Beware of anything that competes with loyalty to Jesus Christ. The greatest competitor of devotion to Jesus is service for him." - Oswald Chambers
Source: Weekend Encounter, by Dick Innes, Copyright (c) ACTS International, 2004, http://www.actsweb.org/subscribe.php
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
Shirley continually complained that she didnít make enough money, couldnít afford the things she wanted, and therefore, wasnít ever going to amount to anything. A counselor said to her, "Youíre throwing your energy away complaining instead of using it to get ahead."
"But you donít understand. The job is the problem, not me," Shirley countered.
The counselor said, "Your low-paying job may be a problem, and your boss may demand too much, but if you are continually that upset, you are causing yourself more harm than either the job or the boss."
"What can I do?" she asked.
The counselor said, "You canít control your boss or the job, but you can control how you feel about them. Change your attitude."
Shirley took her advice. When she stopped whining about her life, people around her noticed. She got a promotion, and with her new job status, she was more marketable. Within several months, she was transferred out of the department into a position with even higher pay and a more supportive boss.
Awful is a state of attitude. Remember that a change in attitude will change the state of things!
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
The Flour Sack
In that long ago time when things were saved,
When roads were graveled and barrels were staved,
When worn-out clothing was used as rags,
When there were no plastic wraps or bags,
And when the well was way out back,
A versatile item was the flour sack!
Pillsbury's Best and Gold Medal too,
Names stamped proudly in purple and blue.
The string sewn on top was pulled and kept,
The flour was emptied and spills were swept,
The bag was folded and stored in a stack,
Oh, that durable, practical flour sack!
For a pillow, it was filled with feathers or down.
Or it could make a baby's sleeping gown.
It might carry a book and be a school bag,
Or become a mail sack, slung over a nag.
It made a very convenient pack,
The adaptable, cotton flour sack!
Bleached and sewn, it was dutifully worn,
As a bib, a diaper, or a kerchief, adorned.
It was made into a petticoat, shirt, or slip;
Granny braided rugs from its torn strips.
Yes, Mama ruffled curtains for our little shack
From that humble but treasured flour sack!
It made a strainer for milk or orange juice,
To summon a person was a very good use.
As a sling for a sprained wrist or a break,
Or to help Mama roll out a jelly cake,
Even as a window shade or to stuff a crack,
We used a sturdy, common flour sack!
It became a dish towel, embroidered or not,
To cover bread dough, help with pans too hot,
Or to tie up victuals for neighbors in need.
Men used it in the fields, to carry the seed.
We could not do without it, that is a fact,
Oh, that absorbent, grand old flour sack!
Submitted by Orvie Jensen
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
A study shows that men are hit by lightning four times as often as women, usually after saying, "I'll call you."
Submitted by Ken
I'm thinking about buying a new computer, but I really don't want to have Vista as my operating system. Is there any place I can get one with XP on it? Please help!
That's a very interesting question. With all the hype about the new operating system of Windows Vista, I think a lot of computer companies have forgotten that not everyone wants it. It's plain and simple, some people just don't want the change and there's nothing wrong with that. So, what's happening is that some people are holding off to buy a new computer because they don't want to have to deal with all the "newness" that comes along with Vista.
So, if you're one of those people (like the person who asked today's question), what can you do? Well, fortunately, there are a few companies who have gone back to offering XP on some of their computer systems, with one of the major ones being Dell. (Yes, it might be a little hard to believe, but I did say Dell!)
Like most of the other computer manufacturers out there, Dell switched completely over to Vista when it first came out. But, from the time between January (when Vista was launched) and now, they have come to realize that a lot of their customers prefer XP and want it back. One of Dell's main selling points is that they always want user feedback and they want their customers to help with product ideas. So, keeping with that routine, they have listened to their buyers and they're bringing XP back.
Hewlett-Packard has continued to offer XP on some of their machines, with most of them being aimed at small businesses. CompUSA still has some XP computers left in their retail stores as well. Another company called Lenovo is also keeping XP on many of their systems.
Source: Computer Tips, http://www.worldstart.com/