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WITandWISDOM(tm) - July 4, 2005
The kind of beauty I want most is the hard-to-get kind that comes from within strength, courage, dignity. - Ruby Dee
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~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
I was adopted by missionaries, and I grew up in Africa and Lebanon. When I came back to the United States, I started hanging around with the wrong crowd, and Iím now in prison for something Iím not responsible for.
The prison assigned me to work in the kitchen. Another inmate - a big man - also worked there, and he didn't like me. One day he told me that if I came back to work the next morning, he would beat me up bad.
Later I told my cellmate and another inmate what had happened, and they asked me what I planned on doing about the threat. I said I didn't know, but I did plan on going to work. My cellmate told me I had better take his shank (knife) to work for protection.
I thanked him, but that night I had a dream that gave me the impression I should pray about the situation. I wasn't much for praying, but I did anyway. The next morning when I got up, I was feeling pretty good until my cellmate gave me the shank. Instantly I had a strong feeling that if I expected God to help me, I should trust Him. And what better way than to go to work without the knife? So I gave it back. My cellmate warned me that I was being stupid.
I was scared when I went to work. When my persecutor caught me alone, he asked why in the world I had come back after what he had said. Trying not to show my fear, I looked him right in the eye and said, "You are a bully, and me and bullies have never gotten along very well!"
He looked like somebody had just whipped him. I learned that day that I did not have to resort to violence. All I had to do was ask for help from "the Man upstairs." Now I thank Him every time I pray.
By John T. Chase, Crowley, Colorado
Source: Signs of the Times, Copyright (c) February 2005, Pacific Press, http://www.signstimes.com
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
The Edge Index
Percentage of Americans who don't know all the words to "The Star-Spangled Banner": 61
Average number of Americans injured by fireworks accidents each year: 10,000
Dollars in damage incurred annually by fireworks in America: 8 million
Average cost of a 20-minute professional pyrotechnics display: $40,000
Number of blows from a cane you'll receive for smuggling fireworks into Singapore: 6
Source: The Oregonian, Copyright (c) July 1, 2004, http://www.oregonian.com/
Submitted by Barbara Henry
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
I've tried to find a suitable exercise video for people my age.. But, they haven't made one called "Buns of Putty."
You mean to tell me that "Running Late" is not considered exercise?
So you don't think those two are funny? Well you know, the first thing dieters lose is a sense of humor.
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Submitted by the North Family