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C. S. 루이스의 초라한 죽음/ 2011-03-26
C. S. 루이스의 초라한 죽음 내가 좋아하는 기독교 작가 중 한 명인 C. S. 루이스는 35대 미국 대통령 존 F. 케네디가 암살된 그날에 죽었다. 전 세계가 텍사스 달라스에서 벌어진 충격적인 사건에 시선을 집중했다. 그런 이유로 1963년 11월 26일 잉글랜드 헤딩턴 쿼리의 홀리 트리니티 교회에서 열린 루이스의 장례식에는 몇몇 사람만 참석했다. 30년 동안 루이스의 막역한 친구였던 조지 세이어에 의하면, 장례식에 왔던 조문객들은 대부분 루이스의 개인적인 친구들이었다. 루이스의 재산은 3만 7,772파운드(현재 원화로 약 7,600만 원)였다. 루이스는 작품의 수입금을 대부분 기부했고 집을 소유하지 않았다. 그 결과 루이스는 오랫동안 함께했던 집사 팩스포드에게 100파운드의 유산만 남겼다. 팩스포드는 얼마 되지 않는 유산 증여에 대한 질문을 받고 이렇게 말했다. “뭐, 재산이 그리 중요하겠습니까? 선생님은 돈에 대해 생각도 안 했습니다. 그분의 생각은 늘 높은 데 있었거든요.” 많은 영향력을 끼친 사람이 그렇게 초라하고 조용하게 팡파르도 없이 죽어야 한다는 것이 마음을 혼란스럽게 한다. 그러나 루이스가 표현한 모든 것을 고려해 볼 때, 또 그의 생각이 ‘늘 높은 데 있었다’라는 것을 생각해 볼 때 타당한 면도 있다. 루이스는 이 세상만을 위해 살지 않고 자신이 온전한 상을 받게 될 새로운 세상을 바라보았던 것이다. 「상 주시는 믿음」/ 게리 토마스
CALLING
CALLING In the eleventh century, King Henry III of Bavaria grew tired of court life and the pressures of being a monarch. He made application to Prior Richard at a local monastery, asking to be accepted as a contemplative and spend the rest of his life in the monastery. \"Your Majesty,\" said Prior Richard, \"do you understand that the pledge here is one of obedience? That will be hard because you have been a king.\" \"I understand,\" said Henry. \"The rest of my life I will be obedient to you, as Christ leads you.\" \"Then I will tell you what to do,\" said Prior Richard. \"Go back to your throne and serve faithfully in the place where God has put you.\" When King Henry died, a statement was written: \"The King learned to rule by being obedient.\" When we tire of our roles and responsibilities, it helps to remember God has planted us in a certain place and told us to be a good accountant or teacher or mother or father. Christ expects us to be faithful where he puts us, and when he returns, we\'ll rule together with him. Steve Brown, Key Biscayne, Florida. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- STATISTICS AND STUFF What we are called from and called to: I. Called from labor to rest (Matt. 11:28) II. Called from death to life (1 John 3:14) III. Called from bondage to liberty (Gal 5:13) IV. Called out of darkness into light (1 Pet. 2:9) V. Called from bondage to peace (1 Cor. 7:15 VI. Called to the fellowship of His Son (1 Cor. 1:9) What we are made by obeying the call: I. We are made sons of God (John 1:12) II. We are made the children of God (Gal. 3:26) III. We are made the servants of God (Matt. 25:21) IV. We are made God\'s saints (Col. 1:1) V. We are made God\'s witnesses (I Thess. 2:10) VI. We are made workers together with God (2 Cor. 6:1) VII. We are called to a high calling (Phil. 3:14) VIII. We are called to a holy calling (2 Tim. 1:9) IX. We are called to a heavenly calling (Heb. 3:1) Pulpit Helps, August, 1992, p. 11. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
CALLOUSNESS
CALLOUSNESS If you live in a graveyard too long you stop crying when someone dies. Traditional. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
CALM
CALM Here is an instruction on how to react to hungry pythons, as given to Peace Corpsmen serving in Brazil -- \"Remember not to run away, the python can run faster. The thing to do is to lie flat on the ground on your back with your feet together, arms at your side, head well down. The python will then try to push its head under you, experimenting at every possible point. Keep calm (that was underscored). \"You must let him swallow your foot. It is quite painless and it will take a long time. If you lose your head and struggle, he will quickly whip his coils around you. If you keep calm and still, he will go on swallowing. Wait patiently until he has swallowed up to about your knee. Then carefully take out your knife and insert it into the distended side of his mouth and with a quick rip slit him up.\" Resource, Sept./Oct., 1992, p. 2. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- For death and life, in ceaseless strife, Beat wild on the world\'s shore, And all our calm is in that balm - Not lost but gone before. Caroline Norton (1808-1877) from Not Lost but Gone Before. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Any one can hold the helm when the sea is calm. Publius Syrus (42 B.C.) --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
CALVINISM
CALVINISM When a Calvinist says that all things happen according to the predestination of God, he speaks the truth, and I am willing to be called a Calvinist. But when an Arminian says that when a man sins, the sin is his own, and that if he continues in sin, and perishes, his eternal damnation will lie entirely at his own door, I believe that he speaks the truth, though I am not willing to be called an Arminian. The fact is, there is some truth in both these systems of theology. Charles Spurgeon, quoted in Credenda Agenda, Volume 5, Number 2, p. 3, from Tom Carter, Spurgeon at His Best, Baker, 1988, p. 14. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The unsaved come most freely, being made willing by His grace. Westminster Confession, XII.1. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- When God works in us, the will, being changed and sweetly breathed on by the Spirit of God, desires and acts not from compulsion but responsively\" Bondage of the Will, XXV. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
CARELESSNESS
CARELESSNESS For want of a nail the shoe was lost; for want of a shoe the horse was lost; and for want of a horse the rider was lost, being overtaken and slain by the enemy; and for want of care about a horseshoe nail. B. Franklin. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Steve Green, who sang six years with Bill and Gloria Gaither, tells about getting to know some of the work crews in the large auditoriums where their concerts were held. The Gaithers prefer concerts-in-the-round, which means extra work for the \"riggers,\" who walk the four-inch rafter beams--often a hundred feet above the concrete floor--to hang sound speakers and spotlights. For such work, understandably, they are very well paid. \"The fellows I talked to weren\'t bothered by the sight of looking down a hundred feet,\" says Green. \"What they DIDN\'T like, they said, were jobs in buildings that had false ceilings-- acoustical tile slung just a couple of feet below the rafters. They were still high in the air, and if they slipped, their weight would smash right through the flimsy tile. But their minds seemed to play tricks on them, lulling them into carelessness.\" Satan\'s business is not so much in scaring us to death as persuading us that the danger of a spiritual fall is minimal. No wonder Peter advised us to \"resist him, standing firm in the faith\" (I Peter 5:9). Source Unknown. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
CARNAL
CARNAL What is carnality? According to the Greek dictionary, it means to have the nature and characteristics of the flesh (or more simply, it means \"fleshly\"). What, then , is the flesh? Sometimes it refers to the whole material part of man (1 Corinthians 15:39; Hebrews 5:7), and based on this meaning, carnal sometimes relates to material things like money (Romans 15:27) or to the opposite of our weapons of spiritual warfare (2 Corinthians 10:4). But the word flesh also has a metaphorical sense when it refers to our disposition to sin and to oppose or omit God in our lives. The flesh is characterized by works that include lusts and passions (Galatians 5:19-24; I John 2:16); it can enslave (Romans 7:25); and in it is nothing good (Romans 7:18). Based on this meaning of the word flesh, to be carnal means to be characterized by things that belong to the unsaved life (Ephesians 2:3). Charles Ryrie, So Great Salvation, Victor Books, 1989, pp. 59-60. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- For truth is precious and divine, Too rich a pearl for carnal swine. Samuel Butler --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
CAUGHT
CAUGHT Robert Wood Johnson, the former chairman of Johnson & Johnson, was known to be a terror when he inspected his plants. On one such unannounced visit, the plant manager had a fortunate 30-minute tip prior to his arrival. Hastily he had things spruced up by ordering several large rolls of paper transported to the roof of the building. When Johnson arrived, he was furious. \"What in the hell is all that junk on the roof?\" were his first words. How were they to know that he would arrive in his personal helicopter? Edward Buxton, Promise Them Anything (Stein & Day), in Reader\'s Digest, March 1980. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- During one of his political campaigns, a delegation called on Theodore Roosevelt at his home in Oyster Bay, Long Island. The President met them with his coat off and his sleeves rolled up. \"Ah, gentlemen,\" he said, \"come down to the barn and we will talk while I do some work.\" At the barn, Roosevelt picked up a pitchfork and looked around for the hay. Then he called out, \"John, where\'s all the hay?\" \"Sorry, sir,\" John called down from the hayloft. \"I ain\'t had time to toss it back down again after you pitched it up while the Iowa folks were here.\" Bits & Pieces, November 12, 1992, pp. 19-20. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Lady Nancy Astor, the first woman ever seated in the British House of Commons, encountered a lot of male antagonism -- but proved herself capable of giving as well as receiving in that arena. Once, at a formal dinner, Lady Astor said to her neighbor that she considered men to be more conceited than women. Noticing that she had been heard around the table, she continued loudly: \"It\'s a pity that the most intelligent and learned men attach the least importance to the way they dress. Why, right at this table the most cultivated man is wearing the most clumsily knotted tie!\" The words were scarcely out of her mouth before every man in the room secretly reached up to adjust his tie. Today in the Word, May 9, 1992. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- An enthusiastic but somewhat unscrupulous salesman was waiting to see the purchasing agent of the engineering firm where my husband worked. The salesman was there to submit his company\'s bid, or price quote, for a particular job. He couldn\'t help but notice, however, that a competitor\'s bid was on the purchasing agent\'s desk. Unfortunately, the actual figure was covered by a can of juice. The temptation to see the amount quoted became too much, so the salesman lifted the can. His heart sank as he watched thousands of BB\'s pour from the bottomless can and scatter across the floor. Reader\'s Digest. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- In A View From The Zoo, Gary Richmond, a former zoo keeper, tells about an experience a friend had with a raccoon. He explains that raccoons go through a glandular change at about 24 months. After that they often attack their owners. A 30-pound raccoon can be equal to a 100-pound dog in a scrap. Richmond felt compelled to warn this young friend of his named Julie of the change coming to her pet raccoon. She listened politely as he explained the coming danger. She responded by saying what people always say, \"It will be different for me...\" And she smiled as she added, \"Bandit wouldn\'t hurt me. He just wouldn\'t.\" Three months later Julie underwent plastic surgery for facial lacerations sustained when Bandit attacked her for no apparent reason. Quoted in Dynamic Preaching, June 1990. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
CAUTION
CAUTION -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- POEMS Opportunities Missed There was a very cautious man Who never laughed or played; He never risked, he never tried, He never sang or prayed. And when he one day passed away His insurance was denied; For since he never really lived, They claimed he never died! Put all thine eggs in the one basket and--watch that basket. Mark Twain. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
CELEBRATION
CELEBRATION Author Leo Buscaglia tells this story about his mother and their \"misery dinner.\" It was the night after his father came home and said it looked as if he would have to go into bankruptcy because his partner had absconded with their firm\'s funds. His mother went out and sold some jewelry to buy food for a sumptuous feast. Other members of the family scolded her for it. But she told them that \"the time for joy is now, when we need it most, not next week.\" Her courageous act rallied the family. Christopher News Notes, August, 1993
CEO 이미지관리(10)/ 패션 감각을 높여라/ 2001-02-20
CEO 이미지관리(10)/ 패션 감각을 높여라/ 이정숙 옷차림은 말이나 표정, 태도와 마찬가지로 그 사람에 대한 정보를 모두 내포하고 있는 뚜렷한 기호다. 뉴욕 데일리 뉴스에 패션 관련 기고를 해온 토비 피셔 미르킨은 "패션은 강력한 힘을 가지고 있다. 직장 생활이나 개인적인 관계 속에서 자신에게 잘 어울리는 옷차림을 이해하면 삶의 질을 높일 수 있다. 옷은 그 사람의 진지함과 유머 감각, 창의성과 성적 본능을 모두 보여줄 수 있다"고 말한다. 세익스피어는 "사랑은 첫 인상에서 온다"며 첫 인상을 중요시했다. 첫인상은 상대편이 주는 느낌을 가장 객관화 해볼 수 있기 때문이다. 미네소타 대학 커뮤니케이션 학과의 조사에서도 사람은 타인을 만났을 때 50초안에 그 사람에 대한 인상의 대부분을 파악하는 것으로 나타났다. 50초안에 우리가 볼 수 있는 것은 의상과 헤어스타일, 그리고 표정 정도일 것이다. 그 때문에 정치인이나 연예인 못지 않게 CEO의 패션 감각도 중요하다. "어머나, 저 분 대학 총장 맞아?" 미국에 살 때 한 교수 댁에서 열린 파티에 초청 받은 적이 있다. 파티에 참석한 사람 중 한국의 모 대학 총장이 계셨다. 그 분은 발가락이 다섯 개로 갈라진 양말을 신고 있었다. 그의 옷차림 또한 야간업소 종사자들의 근무복 만큼이나 야해서 발가락 다섯 개 짜리 양말은 유난히 두드러져 보였다. 시간이 흐르면서 파티에 모인 한국인들이 그가 대학총장임을 알게되자 하나같이 놀라워했다. 대학 총장이라고 해서 딱딱한 정장 차림만 해야 한다는 말은 아니다. 어느 자리에 있건 다중이 모인 곳에서는 총장의 품위에 맞는 옷차림을 해야 한다는 뜻이다. 전두환 전대통령 부인 이순자씨는 남편의 집권 시절 미국 방문 길에 옛 왕비들이 입던 당의를 입어 독재 정권의 실체를 확인시키는 처사라는 비난을 받았고 15대 대통령 선거를 앞두고 당시 국민당 후보 이인제씨 부인은 꽃무늬가 화려한 공주 패션의 의상을 입고 MBC의 "임성훈입니다"에 출연해 언론의 "가십란"에 올랐다. 린다 김은 무기 구입 관련 뇌물 수수로 검찰에 끌려가면서 모자까지 쓴 검정 파티복 차림으로 TV에 나타나 장관들과 섹스 스캔들을 일으킨 미모를 돋보이게 하면서 더욱 더 대중의 구설에 올랐다. 환경과 처지에 맞는 옷차림을 신경쓰지 않은 결과일 것이다. "론(lawn) 파티에는 황금색 타이를 매고 가라" "그 옷은 요트 탈 때나 입는 것이다" "프랜치 셔츠에 브리티쉬 타이를 매고 나타나다니" "그의 슈즈는 더블 버튼 양복에 안 맞잖아" 미국의 비즈니스 세계에서는 옷차림 때문에 따돌림을 당하는 경우가 많다고 한다. 세계적인 음성학자인 요한 스위트는 옥스퍼드 대학을 다니는 동안 교칙에 있는 드레스 코드(장소에 적합한 옷 바꾸어 입기)를 지키지 못해 퇴학당했다. 세계 공통으로 사용하는 발음 기호를 창안할 만큼 뛰어난 음성학자지만 당시 옥스퍼드 대학은 그의 창의성과 학문적 업적보다는 드레스 코드를 지키지 않는 행위를 더 중요시해 그를 중도에 퇴학시키고 말았다. 일찍이 세익스피어도 그의 작품 "햄릿"에서 "옷은 그 사람에 대해 소리를 친다"라고 말했다. 우리 나라에서도 신언서판이라는 말이 있어 선비들은 의관을 정제한 후에야 외출하는 것을 기본으로 삼았다. 패션은 그 사람의 브랜드를 확정짓는 주요 기호이므로 패션 감각을 공들여 길러야 한다. < (주)SMG(www.signiapr.com) 대표이사 >
CERTAINTY
CERTAINTY When I was young I was sure of everything; in a few years, having been mistaken a thousand times, I was not half so sure of most things as I was before; at present, I am hardly sure of anything but what God has revealed to me. John Wesley. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Another technique to find more answers is to change the wording in your questions. Here\'s an example of how such a strategy can work. Several centuries ago, a curious but deadly plague appeared in a small village in Lithuania. What was curious about this disease was its grip on its victim; as soon as a person contracted it, he would go into a very deep almost deathlike coma. Most individuals would die within twenty-four hours, but occasionally a hardy soul would make it back to the full bloom of health. The problem was that since early eighteenth century medical technology was not very advanced, the unafflicted had quite a difficult time telling whether a victim was dead or alive. This didn\'t matter too much, though, because most of the people were, in fact, dead. Then one day it was discovered that someone had been buried alive. This alarmed the townspeople, so they called a town meeting to decide what should be done to prevent such a situation from happening again. After much discussion, most people agreed on the following solution. They decided to put food and water in every casket next to the body. They would even put an air hole up from the casket to the earth\'s surface. These procedures would be expensive, but they would be more than worthwhile if they would save some people\'s lives. Another group came up with a second, less expensive, right answer. They proposed implanting a twelve inch long steak in every coffin lid directly over where the victim\'s heart would be. Then whatever doubts there were about whether the person was dead or alive would be eliminated as soon as the coffin lid was closed. What differentiated the two solutions were the questions used to find them. Whereas the first group asked, \"What should we do in the event we bury somebody alive?\", the second group wondered, \"How can we make sure everyone we bury is dead?\" Roger von Oech, Ph.D., A Whack on the Side of the Head, Warner Books, 1983, pp. 25-26. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A man with one watch knows what time it is. A man with two watches is never sure. Traditional. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- HUMOR Little Johnny\'s grandfather was something of a philosopher and never missed an opportunity to give out bits of sage advice to his grandson. \"Yessirree, Johnny,\" he said one day, \"remember, fools are certain, but wise men hesitate.\" \"Are you sure, Grandpa?\" asked Johnny. \"Yes, my boy,\" said the old man, laying his gnarled hand on the youth\'s head, \"I\'m absolutely certain.\" Bits & Pieces, January, 1990, p. 9. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
CHALLENGE
CHALLENGE It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves. Edmund Hillary. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The next time you feel yourself feeling confident, challenge yourself to do the impossible. You just may. There are legions of people with unchallenged genius potential. In 1912, two Irish music hall players were spending an afternoon in a pub at Stalybridge in Cheshire, England. They were extolling the musical traditions of Ireland when it\'s said they boasted they could write and perform a song in the same day. It might have been a gimmick to stimulate attendance or it could have been genius jumping out of its bag, for It\'s a Long Way to Tipperary was performed that night at the Stalybridge Grand Theater by Jack Judge and Harry Williams. It was an overnight success that gained tremendous popularity during World War I as an Allies marching song. Bits & Pieces, May 28, 1992, pp. 18-19. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Several years ago I met a gentleman who served on one of Walt Disney\'s original advisory boards. What amazing stories he told! Those early days were tough; but that remarkable, creative visionary refused to give up. I especially appreciated the man\'s sharing with me how Disney responded to disagreement. He said that Walt would occasionally present some unbelievable, extensive dream he was entertaining. Almost without exception, the members of his board would gulp, blink, and stare back at him in disbelief, resisting even the thought of such a thing. But unless every member resisted the idea, Disney usually didn\'t pursue it. Yes, you read that correctly. The challenge wasn\'t big enough to merit his time and creative energy unless they were unanimously in disagreement! Charles Swindoll, Living Above the Level of Mediocrity, p.107. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The task ahead of you is never greater than the power behind you. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- STATISTICS AND STUFF THE WORLD NEEDS MEN... who cannot be bought; whose word is their bond; who put character above wealth; who possess opinions and a will; who are larger than their vocations; who do not hesitate to take chances; who will not lose their individuality in a crowd; who will be as honest in small things as in great things; who will make no compromise with wrong; whose ambitions are not confined to their own selfish desires; who will not say they do it\" because everybody else does it\"; who are true to their friends through good report and evil report, in adversity as well as in prosperity; who do not believe that shrewdness, cunning, and hardheadedness are the best qualities for winning success; who are not ashamed or afraid to stand for the truth when it is unpopular; who can say \"no\" with emphasis, although all the rest of the world says \"yes.\" Charles Swindoll, Living Above the Level of Mediocrity, p.107-8. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- HUMOR Left on a sinking ship were the captain and three sailors. The captain spoke first. \"Men, this business about a captain going down with his ship is nonsense. There\'s a three-man life raft on board and I\'m going to be on it. To see who will come with me, I will ask you each one question. The one who can\'t answer will stay behind. Here\'s the first question: What unsinkable ship went down when it hit an iceberg?\" The first sailor answered, \"The Titanic, sir.\" \"On to the next question: How many people perished?\" The second sailor said, \"One thousand five hundred and seventeen, sir.\" \"Now for the third question,\" and the captain turned to sailor number three. \"What were their names?\" Steve Templeton in Woodmen of the World Magazine. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
CHANCE
CHANCE All nature is but art, unknown to thee; All chance, direction, which thou canst not see; All discord, harmony not understood; All partial evil, universal good; And spite of pride in erring reason\'s spite, One truth is clear, Whatever is, is right. Alexander Pope (1688-1744) from Essay on Man. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- We do not what we ought, What we ought not, we do, And lean upon the thought That Chance will bring us through. Matthew Arnold (1822-1888) from Empedocles on Etna. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
CHANGE
CHANGE Everything continues in a state of rest unless it is compelled to change by forces impressed upon it. Issac Newton, First Law of Motion. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The U.S. standard railroad gauge (distance between rails) is four feet, eight-and-one-half inches. Why such an odd number? Because that\'s the way they built them in England, and American railroads were built by British expatriates. Why did the English adopt that particular gauge? Because the people who built the pre-railroad tramways used that gauge. They in turn were locked into that gauge because the people who built tramways used the same standards and tools they had used for building wagons, which were set on a gauge of four feet, eight-and-one-half inches. \"Why were wagons built to that scale? Because with any other size, the wheels did not match the old wheel ruts on the roads. \"So who built these old rutted roads? \"The first long-distance highways in Europe were built by Imperial Rome for the benefit of their legions. The roads have been in use ever since. The ruts were first made by Roman war chariots. Four feet, eight-and-one-half inches was the width a chariot needed to be to accommodate the rear ends of two war horses.\" Maybe \"that\'s the way it\'s always been\" isn\'t the great excuse some people believe it to be. Clark Cothern Tecumseh, Michigan. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- On June 4, 1783 at the market square of a French village of Annonay, not far from Paris, a smoky bonfire on a raised platform was fed by wet straw and old wool rages. Tethered above, straining its lines, was a huge taffeta bag 33 feet in diameter. In the presence of \"a respectable assembly and a great many other people,\" and accompanied by great cheering, the balloon was cut from its moorings and set free to rise majestically into the noon sky. Six thousand feet into the air it went -- the first public ascent of a balloon, the first step in the history of human flight. It came to earth several miles away in a field, where it was promptly attacked by pitchfork-waving peasants and torn to pieces as an instrument of evil! Today in the Word, July 15, 1993. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- When the railroads were first introduced to the U.S., some folks feared that they\'d be the downfall of the nation! Here\'s an excerpt from a letter to then President Jackson dated January 31, 1829: As you may know, Mr. President, \'railroad\' carriages are pulled at the enormous speed of 15 miles per hour by \'engines\' which, in addition to endangering life and limb of passengers, roar and snort their way through the countryside, setting fire to crops, scaring the livestock and frightening women and children. The Almighty certainly never intended that people should travel at such breakneck speed. Martin Van Buren Governor of New York Source Unknown. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Some people will change when they see the light. Others change only when they feel the heat. Traditional. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be. Thomas a\'Kempis. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- It is hard to believe now, but the potato was once a highly unpopular food. When first introduced into England by Sir Walter Raleigh, newspapers printed editorials against it, ministers preached sermons against it, and the general public wouldn\'t touch it. It was supposed to sterilize the soil in which it had been planted and cause all manner of strange illnesses--even death. There were, however, a few brave men who did not believe all the propaganda being shouted against it. It was seen as an answer to famine among the poorer classes and as a healthful and beneficial food. Still, these few noblemen in England could not persuade their tenants to cultivate the potato. It was years before all the adverse publicity was overcome and the potato became popular. A Frenchman named Parmentier took a different tack. He had been a prisoner of war in England when he first heard of the new plant. His fellow prisoners protested the outrage of having to eat potatoes. Parmentier, instead, thoughtfully inquired about the methods of cultivating and cooking the new food. Upon his return to France, he procured an experimental farm from the Emperor, in which he planted potatoes. When it was time to dig them, at his own expense, he hired a few soldiers to patrol all sides of his famous potato patch during the daytime. Meanwhile he conducted distinguished guests through the fields, digging a few tubers here and there, which they devoured with evident relish. At night, he began to withdraw the guards. A few days later one of the guards hastened to Parmentier with the sad news that peasants had broken into the potato patch at night, and dug up most of the crop. Parmentier was overjoyed, much to the surprise of his informant, and exclaimed, \"When the people will steal in order to procure potatoes, their popularity is assured.\" Bits & Pieces, January 9, 1992, pp. 13, 14, 15. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Everybody thinks of changing Humanity and Nobody thinks of changing Himself. L. Tolstoy. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- While visiting the U.S. after World War II, Winston Churchill was aboard a train bound for Missouri with President Harry Truman. They were in a special car which had the presidential seal hung up on a wall. Truman noticed Churchill studying the seal and he pointed out that he had changed it so that the eagle on the seal was turned toward the olive branch instead of the arrows. \"Why not put the eagle\'s head on a swivel,\" suggested Churchill. \"That way you could turn it to the right or the left, depending on what the occasion warranted.\" Bits & Pieces, March, 1990. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- In 1886, Karl Benz drove his first automobile through the streets of Munich, Germany. He named his car the Mercedes Benz, after his daughter, Mercedes. The machine angered the citizens, because it was noisy and scared the children and horses. Pressured by the citizens, the local officials immediately established a speed limit for \"horseless carriages\" of 3.5 miles an hour in the city limits and 7 miles an hour outside. Benz knew he could never develop a market for his car and compete against horses if he had to creep along at those speeds, so he invited the mayor of the town for a ride. The mayor accepted. Benz then arranged for a milkman to park his horse and wagon on a certain street and, as Benz and the mayor drove by, to whip up his old horse and pass them--and as he did so to give the German equivalent of the Bronx cheer. The plan worked. The mayor was furious and demanded that Benz overtake the milk wagon. Benz apologized but said that because of the ridiculous speed law he was not permitted to go any faster. Very soon after that the law was changed. Bits & Pieces, April 1990, p. 2. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- It is not best to swap horses while crossing the stream. A. Lincoln. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Did you know that it was not until 1850 that our world reached the one billion mark? By 1930 we reached two billion. It took only thirty more years for the world\'s population to reach three billion. We have now arrived at five billion. Statisticians tell us that by the end of the twentieth century we\'ll have seven billion... Until 1800 the top speed was twenty miles an hour as people traveled on horseback. With the arrival of the railroad train, almost overnight we jumped to 100 miles per hour. By 1952 the first passenger jet could travel 500 miles an hour. By 1979 the Concorde cruised at more than 1,200 miles an hour. But even back in 1961 the astronauts were orbiting the earth at 16,000 miles per hour. C. Swindoll, Rise and Shine, 1989. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- \"Any change, at any time, for any reason, is to be deplored.\" The Duke of Cambridge (late 1800s). -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Cornford\'s Law: Nothing is ever done until everyone is convinced that it ought to be done, and has been convinced for so long that it is now time to do something else. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Openness is essentially the willingness to grow, a distaste for ruts, eagerly standing on top-toe for a better view of what tomorrow brings. A man once bought a new radio, brought it home, placed it on the refrigerator, plugged it in, turned it to WSM in Nashville (home of the Grand Ole Opry), and then pulled all the knobs off! He had already tuned in all he ever wanted or expected to hear. Some marriages are \"rutted\" and rather dreary because either or both partners have yielded to the tyrrany of the inevitable, \"what has been will still be.\" Stay open to newness. Stay open to change. Grady Nutt, in Homemade, July, 1990. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Picture a scene from the Old West, sometime in the 1870s. Weary cowboys in dusty Levi\'s gather around a blazing campfire after a day on the open range. The lonely howl of a coyote counterpoints the notes of a guitar as the moon floats serenely overhead. Suddenly a bellow of pain shatters the night, as a cowpoke leaps away from the fire, dancing in agony. Hot-Rivet Syndrome has claimed another victim. In those days, Levi\'s were made, as they had been from the first days of Levi Strauss, with copper rivets at stress points to provide extra strength. On these original Levi\'s--model 501--the crotch rivet was the critical one: when cowboys crouched too long beside the campfire, the rivet grew uncomfortably hot. For years the brave men of the West suffered this curious occupational hazard. Then, in 1933, Walter Haas, Sr., president of Levi Strauss, went camping in his Levi 501\'s. He was crouched by a crackling campfire in the High Sierras, drinking in the pure mountain air, when he fell prey to Hot-Rivet Syndrome. He consulted with professional wranglers in his party. Had they suffered the same mishap? An impassioned YES was the reply. Haas vowed that the offending rivet must go, and at their next meeting the board of directors voted it into extinction. Everybody\'s Business, ed. by M. Moskowitz, M. Katz, R. Levering. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Charlie Smith was 23 years old when the Civil War ended; 61 when the Wright Brothers first flew. In 1977 he was recognized as the oldest living American of all time. When asked about his secret for longevity he said: \"I ain\'t got no special secret for how I live so long. I just live.\" Smith avoided exercise. \"I don\'t do much now. I just sit here, and when I get tired of sitting I get up, and when I get tired of that, I sit down.\" Wallechinsky and Wallace, The People\'s Almanac #2, 1978, p. 943. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- STATISTICS AND STUFF Average number of jobs an American worker has held by age 40: 8 Charis Conn, Editor, What Counts: The Complete Harper\'s Index. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Stephen R. Yarnall, MD, Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. Unpleasant Changes--What To Do. When things don\'t go our way, we typically go through 10 stages which are a normal part of the coping and healing process. 1. Denial--\"It can\'t be,\" It can\'t happen to me,\" \"It\'s not true\".... The first stage of reaction to any sudden, unexpected event tends to be denial. Denial is normal if it lasts a short time, but persistent denial is unhealthy because it blocks further growth and healing. 2. Anger/Blame--\"Whose fault is it?,\" \"This makes me mad,\" \"This isn\'t fair,\" \"Why me?\" The second stage of reaction looks backward in hopes of finding the cause and someone or something to blame it on. Although nothing can be done at this point to change the past, it\'s nevertheless a normal response. Like the stage of denial before it, the anger/blame stage is unhealthy if it persists for an unreasonable amount of time. 3. Despair--This stage tends to be characterized by tears, negative and hopeless/helpless thoughts, and a feeling of total emptiness and loss. Sleep and eating disturbances are common as the \"reality\" of the situation sets in. Relationships with other people can become more difficult at this time, but understanding and compassion must be given and accepted if one is to move beyond this stage. 4. Perspective--In this stage, the individual begins accepting the change and is no longer caught up in denial, anger, blame, or despair. The problem is seen in its proper perspective. Although the sense of loss may be significant, the individual does not feel that \"all is lost.\" 5. Relationships--Coming out of the withdrawal and isolation that is inherent in the previous stages, the individual is able to talk and relate to other people and participate in normal activities. 6. Spiritual Changes--The individual\'s relationship with the spiritual side of life is strengthened as a result of having lived through (and survived) the experience. 7. Acceptance--This stage involves the restoration of self-esteem, and the acceptance of the consequences and boundaries of the new reality. 8. Humor--Smiles, laughter, and a sense of humor return to the individual and help in the healing process. There\'s a renewed sense of joy in life. 9. Activity and Action--Where once the individual had been restricted or immobilized by the change, he or she now returns to activity, action, and improved productivity. Travel and group activities become more interesting. 10. New Goals--In this final stage, the individual is able to focus on the positive aspects of whatever change occurred, and on new goals and activities. He or she takes comfort in Ashley Brilliant\'s line, \"I may not be totally perfect, but parts of me are excellent!\" When faced with an unexpected, unpleasant change, you may not go through all 10 of these stages in this order, but it helps to keep them in mind. While it can seem as if life changes nearly drown us at times, by and by we see that it\'s only through meeting the challenges of change that we can grow. Stephen R. Yarnall, MD. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The clerk of Abbington Presbytery, outside of Philadelphia, approximately 100 years ago gave these 5 kinds of attitudes about change: 1. Early innovators (2.6%), run with new ideas 2. Early adaptors (13.4%), influenced by (1) but not initiators 3. Slow Majority (34%), the herd-followers 4. Reluctant Majority (34%) 5. Antagonistic (16%), they will never change The majority of ministers are being nibbled at by the last group. They focus on the minority opinion. This group is basically carnal. You expect antagonism from them. Howard Hendricks, in The Monday Morning Mission. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Three stages people go through when confronted with change: 1. Resistance to change 2. Tolerant of change 3. Embrace the change Howard Hendricks, in The Monday Morning Mission. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Principles for change: A. People must have reasons for change 1. They must see the value to them of the change 2. The plan must be understood by them 3. They must be involved in the process B. People must be prepared for change, don\'t just drop it on them. Introduce the ideas/changes months ahead of time. C. People must be involved in the process of change. If people are involved in the planning stage, they\'ll be involved in the implementation. Therefore, don\'t do too much for them. D. People must be exposed to models of change. 1. Tapes and books (Men listen to tapes, women read) 2. Evaluative experiences (experience is worthless unless you evaluate it) 3. Educational conferences and seminars 4. Expose them to infectious people Howard Hendricks, in The Monday Morning Mission. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Teenagers are much more inclined to take warnings about steroids seriously if the drugs\' muscle-building benefits are acknowledged in the same speech, say doctors at Oregon Health Sciences University. That was the case when the doctors lectured nine high school football teams on the effects of steroids. They found that football players who heard a balanced presentation on steroids were 50 percent more likely to believe that the drugs could harm their health than those who were told just of the dangers. This isn\'t the only instance where scare tactics have been known to fail. In spite of a massive, ongoing campaign on the hazards of cigarette smoking, millions continue to light up. Health experts might be more successful if they acknowledged smoking\'s pleasurable aspects. Then once they had a smoker\'s attention, they could let loose on why it\'s time to quit. Spokesman Review, November 13, 1991, p. C1. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Americans spend $50 million a year on subliminal message tapes designed to help them do everything from improve their self-image to stop smoking. But there\'s no hidden message in the National Research Council\'s verdict on such techniques. The Council\'s report, released in September 1992, concludes that subliminal messages simply don\'t work. They don\'t deliver the life-transforming power they promise. Today in the Word, June 14, 1992 . -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Behavioral studies show that if 2% of a homogeneous group are strongly dedicated to a given cause, and that small minority can eventually move the whole. Association of Church Missions Commissions Newsletter, Autumn, 1989, p. 1. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- HUMOR There is a certain relief in change, even though it be from bad to worse; as I have found in traveling in a stage-coach, that it is often a comfort to shift one\'s position and be bruised in a new place. Washington Irving G. Collins, The Magnificent Mind, p. 73 (how to change). -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A man from the back mountains of Tennessee found himself one day in a large city, for the first time standing outside an elevator. He watched as an old, haggard woman hobbled on, and the doors closed. A few minutes later the doors opened and a young, attractive woman marched smartly off. The father hollered to his youngest son, \"Billy, go get mother.\" Source Unknown. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- \"You,\" said the doctor to the patient, \"are in terrible shape. You\'ve got to do something about it. First, tell your wife to cook more nutritious meals. Stop working like a dog. Also, inform your wife you\'re going to make a budget, and she has to stick to it. And have her keep the kids off your back so you can relax. Unless there are some changes like that in your life, you\'ll probably be dead in a month.\" \"Doc,\" the patient said, \"this would sound more official coming from you. Could you please call my wife and give her those instructions?\" When the fellow got home, his wife rushed to him. \"I talked to your doctor,\" she wailed. \"Poor man, you\'ve only got thirty days to live.\" Source Unknown. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
CHARACTER
CHARACTER Character is much better kept than recovered. Thomas Paine. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- One can acquire everything in solitude -- except character. - Stendhal in \"Fragments, I\", Christianity Today, November 22, 1993, p. 37. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Will Rogers was known for his laughter, but he also knew how to weep. One day he was entertaining at the Milton H. Berry Institute in Los Angeles, a hospital that specialized in rehabilitating polio victims and people with broken backs and other extreme physical handicaps. Of course, Rogers had everybody laughing, even patients in really bad condition; but then he suddenly left the platform and went to the rest room. Milton Berry followed him to give him a towel; and when he opened the door, he saw Will Rogers leaning against the wall, sobbing like a child. He closed the door, and in a few minutes, Rogers appeared back on the platform, as jovial as before. If you want to learn what a person is really like, ask three questions: What makes him laugh? What makes him angry? What makes him weep? These are fairly good tests of character that are especially appropriate for Christian leaders. I hear people saying, \"We need angry leaders today!\" or \"The time has come to practice militant Christianity!\" Perhaps, but \"the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God\" (James 1:20). What we need today is not anger but anguish, the kind of anguish that Moses displayed when he broke the two tablets of the law and then climbed the mountain to intercede for his people, or that Jesus displayed when He cleansed the temple and then wept over the city. The difference between anger and anguish is a broken heart. It\'s easy to get angry, especially at somebody else\'s sins; but it\'s not easy to look at sin, our own included, and weep over it. Warren W. Wiersbe, The Integrity Crisis, Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1991, pp. 75-76. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- In great matters men show themselves as they wish to be seen, in small matter, as they are. Gamaliel Bradford, quoted in New Dictionary of Thoughts, edited by Tryon Edwards (Ferguson). -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A talent is formed in stillness, a character in the world\'s torrents. Goethe. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- When Oscar Wilde arrived for a visit to the U.S. in 1882, he was asked by customs officials if he had anything to declare. He replied: \"Only my genius.\" Fifteen years later, alone and broken in prison, he reflected on his life of waste and excess. \"I have been a spendthrift of my genius...I forgot that every little action of the common day makes or unmakes character.\" Imprimis, Volume 20, Number 9. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A number of years ago the Douglas Aircraft company was competing with Boeing to sell Eastern Airlines its first big jets. War hero Eddie Rickenbacker, the head of Eastern Airlines, reportedly told Donald Douglas that the specifications and claims made by Douglas\'s company for the DC-8 were close to Boeing\'s on everything except noise suppression. Rickenbacker then gave Douglas one last chance to out-promise Boeing on this feature. After consulting with his engineers, Douglas reported that he didn\'t feel he could make that promise. Rickenbacker replied, \"I know you can\'t, I just wanted to see if you were still honest.\" Today in the Word, MBI, October, 1991, p. 22. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones. Phillips Brooks. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sow a thought, reap an act; sow an act, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny. Traditional. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Character is not made in crisis--it is only exhibited. Freeman. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation. Your character is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think you are. John Wooden, former coach of the UCLA Bruins basketball team, quoted in Sanctity of Life, C. Swindoll, Word, 1990, p. 91. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Character is simply long habit continued. Plutarch. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Only what we have wrought into our character during life can we take with us. Humboldt. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Henry Wingblade used to say that Christian personality is hidden deep inside us. It is unseen, like the soup carried in a tureen high over a waiter\'s head. No one knows what\'s inside--unless the waiter is bumped and he trips! Just so, people don\'t know what\'s inside us until we\'ve been bumped. But if Christ is living inside, what spills out is the fruit of the Spirit. Carl Lundquist. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- W. Michael Blumenthal, chairman of Unisys, talks about the mistakes he made in hiring: In choosing people for top positions, you have to try to make sure they have a clear sense of what is right and wrong, a willingness to be truthful, the courage to say what they think and to do what they think is right, even if the politics militate against that. This is the quality that should really be at the top. I was too often impressed by the intelligence and substantive knowledge of an individual and did not always pay enough attention to the question of how honest, courageous and good a person the individual really was. Jerry Flint, in Forbes. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- We do not need more knowledge, we need more character! Calvin Coolidge. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Character is what you are in the dark. D.L. Moody. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Character is a by-product; it is produced in the great manufacture of daily duty. Woodrow Wilson. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The gods had given me almost everything. But I let myself be lured into long spells of senseless and sensual ease...Tired of being on the heights, I deliberately went to the depths in search for new sensation. What the paradox was to me in the sphere of thought, perversity became to me in the sphere of passion. I grew careless of the lives of others. I took pleasure where it pleased me, and passed on. I forgot that every little action of the common day makes or unmakes character, and that therefore what one has done in the secret chamber, one has some day to cry aloud from the house-top. I ceased to be lord over myself. I was no longer the captain of my soul, and did not know it. I allowed pleasure to dominate me. I ended in horrible disgrace. Oscar Wilde, quoted by Wm. Barclay, Letters to the Galatians and Ephesians, p. 100. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Presidency to this day rests more on the character of the person who inhabits the office than on anything else. The Founding Fathers designed it that way. It was their idea to find a man in America with a great character and let him invest a tradition and shape a national character. They found George Washington. He did his job splendidly. When he took the Presidency, he wrote: \"I walk on untrodden ground. There is scarcely any part of my conduct which may not hereafter be drawn into precedent.\" Hugh Sidey, political columnist, in Time. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- STATISTICS AND STUFF Surely what a man does when he is taken off his guard is the best evidence for what sort of man he is. If there are rats in a cellar, you are most likely to see them if you go in very suddenly. But the suddenness does not create the rats; it only prevents them from hiding. In the same way, the suddenness of the provocation does not make me ill-tempered; it only shows me what an ill-tempered man I am. C.S. Lewis. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The supreme test of goodness is not in the greater but in the smaller incidents of our character and practice; not what we are when standing in the searchlight of public scrutiny, but when we reach the firelight flicker of our homes; not what we are when some clarion-call rings through the air, summoning us to fight for life and liberty, but our attitude when we are called to sentry-duty in the grey morning, when the watch-fire is burning low. It is impossible to be our best at the supreme moment if character is corroded and eaten into by daily inconsistency, unfaithfulness, and besetting sin. F.B. Meyer in Our Daily Walk. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Ah! If our likeness to God does not show itself in trifles, what is there left for it to show itself in? For our lives are all made up of trifles. The great things come three or four of them in the seventy years; the little ones every time the clock ticks. Alexander Maclaren. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- THE WORLD NEEDS MEN... who cannot be bought; whose word is their bond; who put character above wealth; who possess opinions and a will; who are larger than their vocations; who do not hesitate to take chances; who will not lose their individuality in a crowd; who will be as honest in small things as in great things; who will make no compromise with wrong; whose ambitions are not confined to their own selfish desires; who will not say they do it\" because everybody else does it\"; who are true to their friends through good report and evil report, in adversity as well as in prosperity; who do not believe that shrewdness, cunning, and hardheadedness are the best qualities for winning success; who are not ashamed or afraid to stand for the truth when it is unpopular; who can say \"no\" with emphasis, although all the rest of the world says \"yes.\" Charles Swindoll, Living Above the Level of Mediocrity, p.107-8. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- \"I cannot praise a fugitive and cloistered virtue, unexercised and unbreathed, that never sallies out and sees her adversity, but slinks out of the race where that immortal garland is to be run for, not without dust and heat.\" John Milton, Courage - You Can Stand Strong in the Face of Fear, Jon Johnston, 1990, SP Publications, p. 34. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The best index to a person\'s character is (a) how he treats people who can\'t do him any good, and (b) how he treats people who can\'t fight back. Abigail Van Buren. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Six ways to learn everything you ever need to know about a man before you decide to marry him: 1) watch him drive in heavy traffic. 2) Play tennis with him. 3) Listen to him talk to his mother when he doesn\'t know you\'re listening. 4) See how he treats those who serve him (waiters, maids). 5) Notice what he\'s willing to spend his money to buy. 6) Look at his friends. And if you still can\'t make up your mind, then look at his shoes. A man who keeps his shoes in good repair generally tends to the rest of his life too. Lois Wyse, Good Housekeeping, April 1985. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A group of educators and scholars, alarmed at soaring rates of teenage homicides, suicides and out-of-wedlock births, attacked what it called the \"timidity\" of schools in instilling good character traits in the young. The 27 academics warned that \"schools in general are not doing enough to counter the symptoms of serious decline in youth character.\" The report, \"Developing Character: Transmitting Knowledge,\" cited government statistics showing that out-of-wedlock births to white females ages 15-19 have increased 800 percent since 1940, and the rate of death by homicide for white males, 15-24 climbed 315 percent. Spokesman- Review, November 21, 1984. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- POEMS Fame is a vapor, Popularity an accident. Riches take wings. Only one thing endures, Character. Horace Greely. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
CHARITABLE GIVING
CHARITABLE GIVING If thou art rich, then show the greatness of thy fortune; or what is better, the greatness of thy soul...support the distressed, and patronize the neglected. Be great; but let it be in considering riches as they are, as talents committed to an earthen vessel. Thou art but the receiver. Laurence Stern. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all people you can, as long as ever you can. John Wesley -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit. Nelson Henderson. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- STATISTICS AND STUFF In a recent survey by the Asso. of Life Underwriters of Washington, D.C., it was shown that for every dollar reaching the needy, the sick, the underprivileged child, and the aged adult, the cost of channeling it through the church is just eight cents, while the cost of channeling it through voluntary charitable organizations or the federal government is 27 cents and $3, respectively. Rev. Thoman R. Petty, quoted in His, May, 1976. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
CHASTITY
CHASTITY A beautiful blond senior shares: \"When we date, we start giving gifts, like flowers or candy. When a couple becomes engaged, they give special things--a diamond and very personal things. The most personal gift that I can ever give is myself. I have nothing more precious to give. When I marry, I want to give my husband the best that I have--my whole self as completely as I can.\" Dr. Richard B. Wilke, Homemade, October, 1989. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
CHEATING
CHEATING \"Marathoner Loses by a Mustache.\" So read the headline of a recent Associated Press story. It appeared that Abbes Tehami of Algeria was an easy winner of the Brussels Marathon--until someone wondered where his mustache had gone! Checking eyewitness accounts, it quickly became evident that the mustache belonged to Tehami\'s coach, Bensalem Hamiani. Hamiani had run the first seven-and-a-half miles of the race for Tehami, then dropped out of the pack and disappeared into the woods to pass race number 62 on to his pupil. \"They looked about the same,\" race organizers said. \"Only one had a mustache.\" It\'s expected that the two will never again be allowed to run in Belgium. Today in the Word, Moody Bible Institute, Jan, 1992. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Two baseball teams had battled to a five-all deadlock as darkness enveloped the diamond. In the last half of the ninth inning with the bases loaded and the count three and two, the pitcher called for a conference with the catcher. \"I\'ll wind up and pretend to throw the next pitch. You wham your fist into your mitt like you\'d caught a strike, and maybe the ump will call it that way. It might work.\" The catcher nodded. In the interim, though, the opposing coach cooked up his own stratagem, quickly relaying it to the batter. When play resumed, the pitcher wound up and apparently let fly. The batsman swung mightily and the crack of ball against bat (the coach\'s work) echoed through the park. The batter circuited the bases for a grand slam, and the game ended, 9 to 5. Sullenly the pitcher walked from the mound. Had he confessed that he\'d failed to throw the ball, the runner on third would have scored on a balk. Source Unknown. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- During a runoff Senate primary fight with former Texas Governor Stevenson, early indications were that Congressman Johnson had lost. Six days later, however, Precinct 13 in the border town of Alice, Texas, showed a very interesting result. Exactly 203 people had voted at the last minute--in the order they were listed on the tax rolls--and 202 of them had voted for Johnson. While Stevenson protested, Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black upheld the result, and Johnson squeaked by with an 87-vote victory. For this feat, columnist Drew Pearson gave Johnson the sobriquet Landslide Lyndon. It was not until July 30, 1977, that Luis Salas, the election judge in Alice, admitted that he and southern Texas political boss George Parr (who had killed himself in 1975) had rigged the election. Source Unknown. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Baseball player Al Schacht slid into second base and felt a low thrown ball land under him. Under cover of the dust, Al quickly slipped the ball into his hip pocket. The opposing infielder vainly looked for the ball and finally figured it must have rolled into center field. As he and his teammates frantically searched for the ball, Al completed the circuit of the bases for a home run. But all good things must come to an end--and they did when Al trounced onto home plate and the ball dropped from his pocket. One $50 fine later and Al\'s laughter was tempered a little. Source Unknown. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- History remembers John Joseph McGraw primarily as the famed and ferocious longtime manager of the New York Giants. But as unrelenting as McGraw was as a manager during the first three decades of the 20th century, he had been even more unrelenting as a player in the 1890s. It was an era of dirty baseball, and the Baltimore Orioles delighted in being the dirtiest. The most pugnacious Oriole was McGraw, who played third base--\"the toughest of the toughs and an abomination of the diamond,\" one sportswriter said. McGraw was born in Upstate New York, the oldest of eight children of an Irish immigrant railroad worker. In 1884, when diphtheria swept through his village, he was a slight, eager 11-year-old whose proudest possession was a battered baseball he had been allowed to order from the Spalding catalog. He watched helplessly as, one by one, his mother and four of his brothers and sisters died. His father took out his grief and anger on his son, beating him so often and so mercilessly that at 12 he feared for his life and ran away from home. He supported himself with odd jobs until he won himself a place on the Olean (New York) professional team at 16 -- and never again willingly took orders from any man. Although he was short and weighed barely 155 pounds, he held far bigger base runners back by the belt. He blocked them, tripped them, spiked them. When they did the same to him, he was usually not one to complain. \"We\'d spit tobacco juice on a spike wound,\" he remembered, rub dirt in it and get out there and play.\" McGraw had a face \"like a fist,\" one reporter wrote, and he saw nothing to be ashamed of in his style of play: \"We were in the field and the other team had a runner on first who started to steal second, but first of all he spiked our first baseman on the foot. Our man retaliated by trying to trip him. He got away, but at second Heinie Reitz tried to block him off while Hughie (Jennings)...covered the bag to take the throw and tag him. The runner evaded Reitz and jumped feet first at Jennings to drive him away from the bag. Jennings dodged the flying spikes and threw himself bodily at the runner, knocking him flat. \"In the meantime, the batter hit our catcher over the hands so he couldn\'t throw, and our catcher trod on the umpire\'s feet with his spikes and shoved his big mitt in his face so he couldn\'t see the play.\" U.S. News & World Report, August 29/ September 5, 1994, p. 63. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- STATISTICS AND STUFF A survey performed for the IRS with 2200 people discovered: 23% admitted cheating by either underreporting income or overstating deductions. 52% think at least one in four of their fellow taxpayers is cheating too, and that cheating is becoming more prevalent. 63% say it is fear of getting caught that keeps people from cheating. William Giese, Homemade, January 1986. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A recent poll of 5,000 students concluded that 46 percent of them would cheat on an important test. Thirty-six percent said they would cover for a friend who vandalized school property, while only 24 percent would tell the truth. Five percent would steal money from their parents if given the opportunity. Moody Monthly, June, 1990, p. 8. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
CHILDLIKENESS
CHILDLIKENESS Robert Fulghum wrote in the Kansas City Times, \"Most of what I really need to know about how to live, and what to do, and how to be, I learned in kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate school mountain, but there in the sandbox at nursery school. \"These are the things I learned: Share everything. Play fair. Don\'t hit people. Put things back where you found them. Clean up your own mess. Don\'t take things that aren\'t yours. Say you\'re sorry when you hurt somebody . . . When you go out into the world, watch for traffic, hold hands, and stick together. \" This writer has captured part of what Jesus meant when he said, \"Unless you become like little children, you won\'t enter the kingdom of heaven.\" Hugh Duncan. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------