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WITandWISDOM(tm) - February 8, 2000
The person who has discovered the joy of truly living, whose life is rich in friendship and caring for people, and who daily enjoys the pleasures of good food and sunshine, will not need to wear themselves out in pursuit of the kind of success centered in praise or promotion. - Lindsay John Laws
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
One of my seminary professors said, "The average Christian can not cut it in this world without a small group." At first I didn't know what he meant, but within months I began to understand. I went through a dark period of my life - a time of testing, doubt and deep despair. But it was also a time when I met weekly with 10 friends. We talked about the highs and the lows of the past week, and we prayed for one another. That group saved my life.
For the past 23 years I have sought out similar accountability groups. I have been a part of seven different groups. Some lasted a year, some four years or longer. Some had four people one had 10. . . .
Accountability groups are called by many names: support groups small groups, cell groups. But they all share five important principles that members agree to follow:
MAINTAIN CONFIDENTIALLY. - Confidences must be kept in order to foster trust and love.
BE NONJUDGMENTAL. - Members need to be accepted as they are, and comments should not be unfair.
BE HONEST. - members need to be allowed to reveal only as much as they feel comfortable revealing.
COUNSEL BIBLICALLY. - All advice should be based on God's Word.
Meet Frequently. - The group needs to meet on a frequent and regular basis, or there may be no accountability.
DECISION, September 1998
(Magazine: DECISION http://www.graham-assn.org/decision/ )
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
MOTHER SAYS - Part 1 of 2 [Feb 8 & 18]
Throughout the centuries, mothers have been given their children plenty of good advice and notable quotes. Here's just a small sampling:
PAUL REVERE'S MOTHER: "I don't care where you think you have to go, young man. Midnight is past your curfew!"
MARY, MARY, QUITE CONTRARY'S MOTHER: "I don't mind you having a garden, Mary, but does it have to be growing under your bed?"
MONA LISA'S MOTHER: "After all that money your father and I spent on braces, Mona, that's the biggest smile you can give us?"
HUMPTY DUMPTY'S MOTHER: "Humpty, If I've told you once, I've told you a hundred times not to sit on that wall. But would you listen to me? Noooo!"
COLUMBUS'S MOTHER: "I don't care what you've discovered, Christopher. You still could have written!"
BABE RUTH'S MOTHER: "Babe, how many times have I told you--quit playing ball in the house! That's the third broken window this week!"
MICHELANGELO'S MOTHER: "Mike, can't you paint on walls like other children? Do you have any idea how hard it is to get that stuff off the ceiling?"
NAPOLEON'S MOTHER: " All right, Napoleon. If you aren't hiding your report card inside your jacket, then take your hand out of there and prove it!"
CUSTER'S MOTHER: "Now, George, remember what I told you-- don't go biting off more than you can chew!"
ABRAHAM LINCOLN'S MOTHER: " Again with the stovepipe hat, Abe? Can't you just wear a baseball cap like the other kids?"
(E-zine: CLEAN HEWMOR Mailto:clean-hewmor- firstname.lastname@example.org)
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
Bill Cosby: "I recently turned fifty, which is young for a tree, mid-life for an elephant, and ancient for a quarter miler whose son now says "Dad, I just can't run with you anymore unless I bring something to read."
(Ernie Foster via E-zine: MONDAY FODDER Mailto:email@example.com?subject=Subscribe_Monday_Fodder)
(www.witandwi sdom.org Web Site)
Dogs have 1 million smell cells per nostril and their smell cells are 100 times larger than humans!
People who cannot smell have a condition called Anosmia.
If your nose is at its best, you can tell the difference between 4000-10,000 smells!
( http://tqjunior.advanced.org/3750/smell/smell.html )