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WITandWISDOM(tm) - May 24, 2000

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

Without goals you wander. - Mark Lutze, MA

Submitted by Charles Powell, MCC, BS Ed., WWW.coach-charles.com

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A friend that is in my Pastoral Fearsome Foursome sent this to me. The concept can apply to any supporting group. - Walt Groff, Pastor

When Harry Truman was thrust into the presidency at the death of F.D.R., Sam Rayburn gave him some fatherly advice; "From here on out you're going to have lots of people around you. They'll try to put a wall around you and cut you off from any ideas but theirs. They'll tell you what a great man you are, Harry. But you and I both know you ain't."

When I read that I thought of the importance of having a friend who knows "you ain't"

Such is true in the pastoral office as well. We are tempted to think that we are really important, and that even when we sin, we are still "holy by ordination." We are surrounded by people who tell us that we are "so wonderful and so Godly" when we know that we aren't The value of our support group is revealed in that we know that there are several humans who don't take us so seriously, and know that we might be able to fool our churches, but we can't fool them.

So, when someone says . . . "My, how wonderful you are!" The other three of us know "you ain't." And also . . . when someone says . . . "My, what a poor excuse for a pastor you are!" The other three of us also know that "you ain't"

You are a person
You are a human
You are a sinner
You are a struggler
You are a minister

You are someone for whom Christ died . . . . and that makes you very special.

Submitted by: Walt Groff via http://www.witandwisdom.org

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

We were seated at the dinner table, my wife, my daughter Bette (about 7), my son "Jimbo" (about 4), and myself.

All during dinner, my wife and I had noticed how well the kids were getting along that night none of the usual bickering, picking at each other.

As we were just about finished eating, my son suddenly said, "I love Bette! When I grow up, I'm gonna marry her!"

Well, my mind started spinning! I thought, "Oh no, how am I gonna explain this to a 4-year-old?"

Just then Bette, with all the childlike simplicity that only a 7-year-old possesses, saved the day by saying, "Oh no, we couldn't do that, Jimbo! Cause then our kids would only have one set of grandparents!"

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I was browsing in a souvenir shop when Tony, the man next to me struck up a conversation. Just as he was telling me that his wife, Beckie, was getting carried away with her shopping, a brief power shortage caused the lights to flicker overhead.

"That," he sighed, "must be her checking out now."

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~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

Susan Hendrickson's 1990 discovery of a nearly intact Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton in the Black Hills of South Dakota is considered one of the most significant paleontological finds of all time.

But the 49-year-old professional fossil hunter had no academic credentials - not even so much as a high school diploma.

Until now, that is.

The self-taught Susan Hendrickson has been given an honorary doctorate by the University of Illinois at Chicago. The Doctor of Human Letters degree is the school's way of honoring the woman whose find will go on public display beginning May 17 at Chicago's Field Museum.

Susan Hendrickson's discovery was, and is, the most complete example ever found - about 90 percent complete, 41-feet long and 13-feet high at the hip.

- Copyright 2000 by United Press International, All rights reserved.

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