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WITandWISDOM(tm) - August 2, 2006
When the world says, “give up,” hope whispers, “try it one more time.”
Submitted by Angelwings
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
"I am out here on my own!" I whined. "Where are those older men who'll offer guidance and perspective? Why doesn't anyone want to mentor me?"
"Jeff," my wife Mindy asked, "have you ever prayed for a mentor or asked anyone to mentor you?"
"Well, um … not really. But, I'll try it," I told her, only half-believing my prayer would be answered.
Three weeks later I found myself sitting across the table from Bruce, an experienced entrepreneurial leader, author, and consultant. He didn't have mentor written across his forehead; but it was clear. "Bruce," I nervously asked, "This may seem like a strange question, but would you be open to keep meeting together? Maybe in kind of a mentoring relationship? I'm learning so much by being with you. I'd love to continue this relationship."
He thought for a moment. I held my breath. "Jeff," he said, "I'd be honored."
Almost six years later, Bruce is still a very close friend and mentor, meeting with me every couple of months and talking on the phone about every two weeks.
Most mentors don't just come to us, and you usually won't stumble upon them. They're sought out.
By Jeff Caliguire, ”Adapted from Leadership Secrets of Saint Paul (River Oak, 2003)
Whoever walks with the wise will become wise; whoever walks with fools will suffer harm (Proverbs 13:20)
Copyright © 2006 by the author or Christianity Today International/Men of Integrity magazine. May/June 2006, Vol. 9, No. 3
Source: Men of Integrity, http://tinyurl.com/jsmyw
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
Life Observations From Little Ones
STEVEN (3) hugged and kissed his Mom goodnight, saying: "I love you so much, that when you die I'm going to bury you outside my bedroom window."
BRITTANY (4) had an earache and wanted a painkiller. She tried in vain to take the lid off the bottle. Seeing her frustration, her Mom explained it was a childproof cap and she'd have to open it for her. Shocked, the little girl asked: "How does it know it's me?"
SUSAN (4) was drinking juice when she got the hiccups. "Please don't give me this juice again," she said. "It makes my teeth cough."
DIANA (4) stepped onto the bathroom scale and asked: "So, how much do I cost?"
MARC (4) was carefully observing a young couple hugging and kissing in a restaurant. Without taking his eyes off them, he asked his dad: "Why is he whispering in her mouth?"
CLINTON (5) was in his bedroom looking worried. When his Mom asked what was troubling him, he replied, "I don't know what'll happen with this bed when I get married. How will my wife fit in?"
JAMES (4) was listening to a Bible story. After his dad read: "The man named Lot was warned to take his wife and flee out of the city but his wife looked back and was turned to salt," James asked: "What happened to the flea?"
TAMMY (4) was with her mother when they met an elderly, rather wrinkled woman her Mom knew. Tammy looked at her for awhile and then asked, "Why doesn't your skin fit your face?
Source: Preaching Now, http://www.preaching.com/newsletter/subscribe.html
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
A grocer put up a sign that read "Eggplants, 25˘ ea.--three for a dollar." All day long, customers came in exclaiming: "Don't be ridiculous! I should get four for a dollar!" Meekly the grocer capitulated and packaged four eggplants.
The tailor next door had been watching these antics and finally asked the grocer, "Aren't you going to fix the mistake on your sign?"
"What mistake?" the grocer asked. "Before I put up that sign no one ever bought more than one eggplant."
Source: Marty's Joke of the Day, http://www.egroups.com/group/martysjotd
It comes as no surprise that a recent study done by the RAND Corporation shows that there is a strong connection between teens who watch and listen to sex and sexual talk on television and teens who engage in sexual activity.
The study, published in the September issue of Pediatrics, found that teens who watched and listened to sex and sexual situations on television were twice as likely to have sex within the next year as teens not exposed to such. To put it in real numbers, one out of every two teens who watch immoral programs on television will end up behaving that way. . .
"Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life" (Proverbs 4:23).
By Kevin Cauley
Source: KneEmail, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org