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WITandWISDOM(tm) - April 18, 2005
You will never be the person you can be if pressure, tension, and discipline are taken out of your life. - James G. Bilkey
Source: Molly’s Quotes of the Day, mailto:email@example.com?subject=Subscribe_Quotes_of_the_Day
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
Allan Emery, who has not only been successful in business but has devoted much of his time to providing leadership to many Christian organizations, is highly respected as a shrewd, yet kind, man. Credit his father.
Allan recalls taking an extended train trip as a youngster. One morning in the dining car, he heard his father, himself an important businessman, comment that the porter seemed to be in pain and walked with a limp. The poor man, it turned out, was suffering from an infected ingrown toenail.
Later in the morning, Allan was surprised to see the porter coming from his parent's sleeping car. There was a distressed look on his face, and as he passed by big tears fell from his eyes and cascaded down his cheeks. Going into the men's lounge, the man put his hands over his face and cried. Allen sat down on the bench beside him and at length asked, "Are you crying because your toe hurts?"
"No," said the man, "it was because of your daddy."
With great concern, Allen pressed for the story. His parents had returned from breakfast and immediately approached the porter, asking about his toe.
Mr. Emery explained that he wasn't a doctor, but he might be able to help him. He removed the man's shoe and sock, and carefully lanced the infected toe, cleaned it, and carefully bandaged it. "It doesn't hurt at all now," said the porter through his tears. "It feels fine."
"Then why are you crying?"
"Well, while he was dressing my toe, your daddy asked me if I loved the Lord Jesus. I told him my mother did but that I did not believe as she did. Then he told me that Jesus loved me and had died for me. As I saw your daddy carefully bandaging my foot, I saw a love that was Jesus' love and I knew I could believe it. We got down on our knees and we prayed and, now, I know that I am important to Jesus and that he loves me."
With that, the porter burst into tears again. When his sobs subsided, he looked over at Allen and said, "You know, boy, kindness can make you cry."
Pulpit Pieces Weekly, http://www.net153.com/best.htm
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
All I Ever Needed to Know I Learned From LEGOs
Life might be less complicated for all of us if we each received our own LEGO kit at birth. Yes, I have learned that:
Size doesn't matter. When stepped on in the dark, a 2X2 LEGO brick causes the same amount of pain as a 2X8 brick.
All LEGO men are created equal (1.5625 inches tall). What they become is limited only by imagination.
There is strength in numbers. When the bricks stick together, great things can be accomplished.
Playtime is important. Sometimes it doesn't matter what you are building, as long as you're having fun.
Disaster happens. But the pieces can be put back together again.
Every brick has a purpose. Some are made for a specific spot - most can adapt almost anywhere - but every one will fit somewhere.
Color doesn't matter. A blue brick will fit in the same space as a red brick.
No one is indispensable. If one brick is unavailable, another can take its place.
It doesn't always turn out as planned. Sometimes it turns out better. If it doesn't, you can always try again.
Source: Top Greetings
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
When Mary was pregnant, her 5 year old son, Billy, was utterly amazed, and a little bit disbelieving, that his sister was growing in his mom's tummy. So one day when the baby was especially active, she asked Billy to place his tiny hands on her tummy to feel the baby kick. But when he did, the baby was suddenly still. "Oh, Billy, she must have decided to take a nap," shrugged Mary.
"A nap?" Billy marveled. "You mean there's a bed in there too?"
Source: The Lame Humor List, http://absoluterobeo.com
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