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WITandWISDOM(tm) - February 7, 2002
"If, in instructing a child, you are vexed with it for want of adroitness, try, if you have never tried before, to write with your left hand, and then remember that a child is all left hand." - J. F. Boyse
Source: Heart Touchers, http://storiesfrommyheart.com/home_page
Subjects: Patience, Parenting
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
Six year old Brandon decided one Saturday morning to fix his parents pancakes. He found a big bowl and spoon, pulled a chair to the counter, opened the cupboard and pulled out the heavy flour canister, spilling it on the floor. He scooped some of the flour into the bowl with his hands, mixed in most of a cup of milk and added some sugar, leaving a floury trail on the floor, which by now had a few tracks left by his kitten.
Brandon was covered with flour and getting frustrated. He wanted this to be something very good for Mom and Dad, but it was getting very bad.
He didn't know what to do next, whether to put it all into the oven, (he didn't know how the stove worked). Suddenly he saw his kitten licking from the bowl of mix and reached to push her away, knocking the egg carton to the floor. Frantically he tried to clean up this monumental mess, but slipped on the eggs, getting his pajamas white and sticky.
And just then he saw Dad standing at the door. Big crocodile tears welled up in Brandon's eyes. All he'd wanted to do was something good, but he'd made a terrible mess. He was sure a scolding was coming, maybe even a spanking.
But his father just watched him. Then, walking through the mess, he picked up his crying son, hugged him and loved him, getting his own pajamas white and sticky in the process.
That's how God deals with us. We try to do something good in life, but it turns into a mess. Our marriage gets all sticky or we insult a friend, or we can't stand our job, or our health goes sour. Sometimes we just stand there in tears because we can't think of anything else to do.
That's when God picks us up and loves us and forgives us, even though some of our mess gets all over Him. But just because we might mess up, we can't stop trying to "make pancakes" for God or for others. Sooner or later we'll get it right, and then they'll be glad we tried...
Submitted by Dave Parker
Subjects: Forgiveness, Love, Parenting
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
TEN SIGNS YOU'VE BEEN IN CORPORATE AMERICA TOO LONG...
10. You decide to re-organize your family into a "team-based organization."
9. You refer to dating as test marketing.
8. You can spell "paradigm."
7. You actually know what a paradigm is.
6. You write executive summaries on your love letters.
5. Your Valentine's Day cards have bullet points.
4. You celebrate your wedding anniversary by conducting a performance review.
3. You believe you never have any problems in your life, just "issues" and "improvement opportunities."
2. You can explain to somebody the difference between "re-engineering," "down-sizing," "right-sizing," and "firing people."
1. You use the term "value-added" without laughing.
Submitted by John L. Hoh, Jr., http://www.geocities.com/brandedhand/
Subjects: Signs, Language
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
A rabbi who was walking through a small town saw a blackboard outside the side door of a school. It had just been washed and put out to dry in the open air. There was a piece of chalk in the tray of the blackboard, so the rabbi took it and wrote in large letters, "I'm a rabbi and I pray for you all."
Now a lawyer happened to pass soon, and when he saw the rabbi's note, he added under it, "I'm a lawyer and I defend you all."
Then a doctor came by, took the piece of chalk and wrote on the blackboard, "I'm a doctor and I cure you all."
Finally an ordinary citizen stopped to read the growing list, thought for a few seconds and then added, "I'm just your average guy, and I pay for you all."
Source: Ed Peacher's "Laughter for a Saturday" mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org?subject=Subscribe_to_Laughter_for_a_Saturday
Subjects: Economics, Signs
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