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WITandWISDOM(tm) - March 15, 2000
The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind. - William James
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~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
CHRISTIANITY isn't a narcotic that dulls you into obedience. It involves battle - it's excruciating to give up control. But that is why we must not feel despair if we are struggling. To struggle does not mean we are incorrigible. It means we are alive!
A disciple says, "I hear you, Lord. It's the nuttiest thing I have ever heard of. It's risky. I'll look like a fool, but I'll do it. Because my life is no longer committed to doing my thing but your thing." Heaven will not be full of innocent people, running around saying, "Oh, was there another way? I guess I never noticed" Rather they will say, "You bet there were other options that begged to control me. By God's grace and my struggle, Jesus is my lord."
Is Jesus' desire to be the Lord of our lives some little fetish of his? Why is it so important to him? Why should we want him to have control of our lives?
Besides the fact that he deserves it because of who he is, he knows he is the only one in the whole universe who can control us without destroying us. No one will ever love you like Jesus. No one will ever know you better, or care for your wholeness. The last breath Jesus breathed on this planet was for you. Jesus will meet you wherever you are and he will help you. He is not intimidated by past failures, broken promises or wounds. He will make sense our of your brokeness. But he can only begin to be the Lord of your life today, not next Monday or next month, but now.
And the great and joyful paradox is that while he totally transforms us, he makes us more ourselves than ever before.
By Rebecca Manley Pippert
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
Have you ever wondered if your mind is normal or different? Well, do this little mind exercise and find out at the end! Free will or synaptic wiring? You be the judge. Check out the following exercise, guaranteed to raise an eyebrow. There's no trick or surprise. Just follow these instructions, and answer the questions one at a time and as quickly as you can. Again, as quickly as you can but don't advance until you've done each of them . . . really. Now, scroll down (but not too fast, you might miss something).
Now repeat saying the number 6 to yourself as fast as you can
for 15 seconds.
Then scroll down.
QUICK! THINK OF A VEGETABLE! Then arrow down.
You're thinking of a carrot, right?
If not, you're among the 2% of the population whose minds are different enough to think of something else. 98% of people will answer with carrot when given this exercise. Freaky, huh?
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
George Bernard Shaw was dining in a London restaurant when an orchestra began to play loudly. The music went on for some time until Shaw beckoned the head waiter and asked, "Does the orchestra play requests?"
The head waiter exclaimed with delight that they did and asked what Shaw would like them to play.
"Ask them to play dominoes, until I have finished eating," replied Shaw.
- Bits & Pieces, February 2, 1995
(Magazine: BITS & PIECES http://www.epinc.com/ )
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