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WITandWISDOM(tm) - January 3, 2003
ISSN 1538-8794

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

As you go the way of life you will see a great chasm. Jump. It is not as wide as you think. - Native American Proverb

Source: DailyInBox: Proverbs Plus, http://mailroom.dailyinbox.com/pplus/


"Am I Fired?"

Two weeks into his job on the cable show "Ask the Family Doctor," Dr. Walt Larimore received a call from a man named Lymus, complaining that he'd been depressed for six months. He said, "I've tried everything there is." Dr. Larimore had only three or four minutes with each caller, so he silently asked the Lord for wisdom to help this man in that short time window.

"Lymus, did anything happen six, seven, eight months ago. Was there any big event?" Dr. Larimore asked. Lymus paused.

"Yeah, my house burned down. I came home and my house was on fire." His two little girls had been stuck inside, and they burned with the house.

"Lymus, no doctor can help you, because we don't treat guilt. The only way you can recover from guilt is to develop a strategy to have God forgive you. But until you talk to a pastor or priest or rabbi, you won't find help." It was a moving moment for Dr. Larimore and for Lymus, but Dr. Larimore knew he'd just crossed a line in secular television.

His producer, a tiny woman full of energy who was not a Christian, approached him after the show with her head down, which was unusual. Dr. Larimore thought, She's going to fire me. But so be it. I had to do that. When the producer looked up at him, she had tears in her eyes, "That was compelling television. Where did you learn to do that?" She thought it was a technique. From then on, he was encouraged to incorporate matters of faith and healing on the show. He remained the host until the network closed in May 2000, eventually televising 850 episodes.

Source: Focus on the Family - November 2002, http://www.family.org

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

Signs Your Cat Has Learned Your Internet Password.

E-Mail from some guy named "Fluffy."

You find you've been subscribed to strange newsgroups like alt.recreational.catnip.

Your web browser has a new home page: http://www.feline.com/

Your mouse has teeth marks in it ... and a strange aroma of tuna.

Messages to Apple Computer Corp. about their release of "CyberDog."

You keep finding new software around your house like WarCat II.

In chat rooms you're known as the IronMouser.

Little kitty carpal-tunnel braces near the scratching post.

Source: Sunday Funnies and Thoughts


Our five-year-old son went to a church conference with my wife and me.

He got restless, so my wife handed him a pad and pencil and suggested he mark down every time the speaker said the word "and."

After a while, he grew bored, and I asked, "Would you like to listen for a different word?"

"Yes," he whispered. "I'd like to listen for 'Amen'."

Source: The Funnies, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/andychaps_the-funnies

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

How much corn is on an ear?

An ear of corn averages 800 kernels in 16 rows. A pound of corn consists of approximately 1,300 kernels. 100 bushels of corn produces approximately 7,280,000 kernels. Corn is produced on every continent of the world with the exception of Antarctica.

Source: ArcaMax Trivia, http://www.arcamax.com

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