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WITandWISDOM(tm) Ė November 20, 2007
ISSN 1538-8794

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

You canít lead the people, if you don't love the people. You can't save the people, if you don't serve the people. - Cornel West

Submitted by Joe Kinnane

~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:

Opportunity Lost
From Daily Encounter by Dick Innes

"Then [King] Agrippa said to Paul, 'Almost you persuade me to be a Christian.'" - Acts 26:28

Years ago, Walter took his friend Arthur to see some land in open country where cattle were idly grazing. Walter explained about his dream for developing this area. He told his friend that in time the area would be surrounded by many restaurants, hotels and convention centers. He told Arthur that his plan would take all of his money and he needed others to develop the surrounding area. He wanted his friend to have the first opportunity to buy into this project.

But Arthur thought to himself, "Who in the world is going to drive twenty-five miles for this crazy project?"

He said to Walter that he would think about it and decide later on.

"Later on will be too late," Walter cautioned Arthur. "You'd better move on it right now."

"And so Art Linkletter turned down the opportunity to buy up all the land that surrounded what was to become Disneyland. His friend Walt Disney tried to talk him into it. But Art thought he was crazy."

Life's like that. King Agrippa had the opportunity to accept Christ and become a Christian. He turned it down. Judas had one of the greatest opportunities in all history to become a follower of Jesus. Instead, he betrayed Jesus for thirty pieces of silver. Unbelievable! The two thieves who were crucified with Jesus also had the opportunity to receive the gift of eternal life. One accepted. The other didn't.

Life offers all of us many opportunities. We all have the opportunity to become followers of Jesus and to be a part of what God is doing in the world today. That choice is ours. Today. As God's Word says, "Now is the accepted time ... now is the day of salvation."- 2 Corinthians 6:2

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, when opportunities from you come knocking on my door, no matter how quiet they are, please give me an ear to hear, a listening heart to hear what you are saying, and the wisdom to say, 'Yes,' to you and your call. Thank you for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

If you have never accepted God's invitation to accept Jesus as your personal Savior, please click on the following link for the article, "How to Be Sure You're a Real Christian without having to be religious." http://tinyurl.com/8glq9

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~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

ďDefinitionsĒ of a Bachelor

One who avoids Bride-Eyed women.

One who believes in Life, Liberty and the Happiness of Pursuit.

One who can go fishing anytime, until he gets hooked.

One who can't be Spouse-Broken.

One who knows how to hold a woman's hand so that she doesn't get a grip on him.

One who leans toward a woman but not far enough to fall.

One who would rather mend his socks than his ways.

~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:

When turkey's on the table laid,
And good things I may scan,
I'm thankful that I wasn't made
A vegetarian.

-Edgar A. Guest

Submitted by Kiri

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

From: The Kim Komando Show, News of the Day

Question: My husband is constantly getting lost. Iíve decided to buy him a GPS unit. He travels a lot for work and often uses rental cars. So he needs a portable. Iíve looked at them in the store, and there are huge price differences. I really donít know what to look for, so should I just go on price? Or can you tell me what features are important? - Karen in Oklahoma City, listening on KOKC 1520 AM

It definitely pays to do your research before buying a GPS unit. Prices range from about $100 to $1,000 or more. And youíll also find a big difference in the features that are offered.

Many GPS units play MP3s and let you view pictures. I wouldnít pay too much attention to these extras. The primary use is to help him find his way around. So focus on navigation features.

First, be sure youíre purchasing a unit for driving. There are models for hiking and boating. You want one that is specifically designed for driving.

Design is important. You want a large, bright color screen. This will be easy to view when your husband is driving. The controls should be simple and easy to use.

A portable GPS unit should have some sort of mount for the windshield or dashboard. That way, he wonít need to divert his eyes from the road to look at the directions.

Of course, these gadgets can still distract drivers. So look for one with text-to-speech capabilities. This will steer your husband through announcements. But some models make better use of the feature than others. For example, you want one that announces street names in addition to distances.

Lower-end models simply provide driving directions. Others include points of interest and business names. Heíll want to be able to locate nearby attractions by both name and category. Try searching for attractions in an area you know well. Youíll get a good idea of how complete the unitís information is.

Youíll also want to find one that provides logical driving directions. Put in a test route to see if the directions make sense to you. And look for one that will provide alternate routes. This is handy if you run into a traffic jam or road closure.

Speaking of traffic, some units provide traffic information. Heíll get up-to-the-minute details on traffic situations. He can avoid busy routes altogether. Some even offer gas prices and weather! Youíll probably have to pay for a subscription to traffic information.

GPS units also have a downside. They're attractive to thieves. Hiding the GPS unit when he's away won't necessarily protect it. Thieves look for the mount. They even watch for a mark left by a mount that's been hidden. Even if they don't get the GPS unit, he could have a smashed window.

You should also think about the information that a GPS unit can reveal. It will probably have your husband's home and business addresses. It will also store the places he's visited. If someone gets it, they would be able to track him.

I recommend a GPS unit that requires a password or PIN. There's probably a way to subvert the PIN. But it offers some protection. Magellan and Garmin make units that require passwords. Iím sure other manufacturers do, too.

GPS units need to be updated occasionally. The updates can be expensive. So, check to see how old the maps are on the unit when you buy it. And find out the cost of upgrades. Expect to pay $100 or more.

Some updates are uploaded via a USB connection to a computer. Others might be uploaded via a memory card.

For prices on popular GPS Units, visit my site:
http://www.komando.com/buyguide/index.aspx?id=2747

And if you donít want a dedicated GPS unit, learn about GPS options for cell phones visit:
http://www.komando.com/tips/index.aspx?id=1221

Copyright 2007, The Kim Komando Show. All rights reserved.

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http://www.komando.com/newsletter.asp



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