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OBEDIENCE Neil Marten, a member of the British Parliament, was once giving a group of his constituents a guided tour of the Houses of Parliament. During the course of the visit, the group happened to meet Lord Hailsham, then lord chancellor, wearing all the regalia of his office. Hailsham recognized Marten among the group and cried, \"Neil!\" Not daring to question or disobey the \"command,\" the entire band of visitors promptly fell to their knees! Today in the Word, July 30, 1993. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- It is said that on his retreat from Greece after his great military expedition there, King Xerxes boarded a Phoenician ship along with a number of his Persian troops. But a fearful storm came up, and the captain told Xerxes there was no hope unless the ship\'s load was substantially lightened. The king turned to his fellow Persians on deck and said, \"It is on you that my safety depends. Now let some of you show your regard for your king.\" A number of the men bowed to Xerxes and threw themselves overboard! Lightened of its load, the ship made it safely to harbor. Xerxes immediately ordered that a golden crown be given to the pilot for preserving the king\'s life -- then ordered the man beheaded for causing the loss of so many Persian lives! Today in the Word, July 11, 1993. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Peter T. Forsythe was right when he said, \"The first duty of every soul is to find not its freedom but its Master\". Warren W. Wiersbe, The Integrity Crisis, Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1991, p. 22. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- World War II was at its height. Forces were engaged in what was known as, \"The Battle of the Bulge\" -- or \"The Christmas War of 1944.\" The fighting was fierce in the bitter cold and snow. The Allied Forces bombed and established control of a strategic area. The commanding officer turned to several of his men and said, \"Sweep across that field, and kill all German soldiers still entrenched in the snow. I want no prisoners. Absolutely none!\" One of the American soldiers selected gives his account of what happened next. \"As I walked, I immediately shot and killed two wounded and suffering soldiers.\" He continues, \"Then, suddenly I approached a tall, young guy with a broad Teutonic forehead. \"He was leaning against a tree. He wasn\'t wounded -- simply exhausted. He had no food, no water, no comrades in sight, no ammunition. Fear, fatigue, defeat, and loneliness overwhelmed him. He spoke English with a beautiful vonderful- vorld-type accent. \"When I noticed a little black Bible in his shirt pocket,\" he reminisces, \"we started to talk about Jesus and salvation. Wouldn\'t you know it, that lanky German soldier turned out to be a born-again Christian who deeply loved the Lord. I gave him water from my canteen; I even gave him crackers. Then, we prayed and read God\'s Word together. And we wept together too.\" His voice began to tremble, as tears splashed down his cheeks. His face began to reflect anguish. \"It seems like only yesterday. We stood a foot or so apart, as he read a Psalm from his German Bible. Then, I read Romans 12 from my King James translation. He showed me a black- and-white picture of his wife and daughter.\" The soldier took a deep breath. \"You see, in those days, I was a young man in my early twenties. I had just graduated from a Christian college in Illinois and hadn\'t had time to sort out my thoughts on the war. \"Maybe that\'s why I did what I did. \"I bid my German brother farewell, took several steps away, then returned to the soldier. Romans 13, the \'thou shalt not kill\' commandment, the promises of eternal life, the Prince of Peace, the Sunday school distinction between killing and murder, the irrationality of war -- all swirled in my mind. \"When the German soldier saw me returning, he bowed his head and closed his eyes in that classic prayer posture. Then it happened. I said three crisp sentences that I still repeat once or twice a week when I have nightmares about the war, \'You\'re a Christian. I am too. See you later.\' \"In less than a second, I transformed that defenseless Christian soldier into a corpse.\" Jon Johnston, Courage - You Can Stand Strong in the Face of Fear, 1990, SP Publications, pp. 155-157. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- How we admire the obedience a dog shows to its master! Archibald Rutledge wrote that one day he met a man whose dog had just been killed in a forest fire. Heartbroken, the man explained to Rutledge how it happened. Because he worked out-of-doors, he often took his dog with him. That morning, he left the animal in a clearing and gave him a command to stay and watch his lunch bucket while he went into the forest. His faithful friend understood, for that\'s exactly what he did. Then a fire started in the woods, and soon the blaze spread to the spot where the dog had been left. But he didn\'t move. He stayed right where he was, in perfect obedience to his master\'s word. With tearful eyes, the dog\'s owner said, \"I always had to be careful what I told him to do, because I knew he would do it.\" Our Daily Bread. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Every conscientious parent recognizes how difficult it is to exercise his God-given authority over his children. The delicate balance of being tough yet tender is not easy to maintain. Many parents intensify a rebellious spirit by being dictatorial and harsh. Others yield when their authority is tested. When a strong-willed child resists, the pressure to give in for the sake of peace and harmony can become overpowering. I am reminded of the mother who wanted to have the last word but couldn\'t handle the hassle that resulted whenever she said no to her young son. After an especially trying day, she finally flung up her hands and shouted, \"All right, Billy, do whatever you want! Now let me see you disobey THAT!\" Our Daily Bread. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- \"It is the impassioned pleading of a quiet little Scottish lady that linked my life with the Soudan,\" wrote Rowland Bingham (a founder of S.I.M.). \"In the quietness of her parlor she told how God had called a daughter to China, and her eldest boy (Walter Gowans) to the Soudan. \"She spread out before me the vast extent of those thousands of miles and filled in the teeming masses of people. Ere I closed the interview she had place upon me the burden of the Soudan.\" A year and a half later Bingham returned to Canada, alone. Walter and Thomas Kent lay buried in Nigeria\'s interior. \"I visited Mrs. Gowans to take her the few personal belongings of her son,\" he recalled. \"She met me with extended hand. We stood there in silence. \"Then she said these words: \'Well, Mr. Bingham, I would rather have had Walter go out to the Soudan and die there, all alone, that have him home today, disobeying his Lord.\'\" Our success in this venture means nothing less than the opening of the country for the gospel; our failure, at most, nothing more than the death of two or three deluded fanatics. Still, even death is not failure. His purposes are accomplished. He uses deaths as well as lives in the furtherance of His cause. Rowland Bingham, a founder of SIM. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- On Dec. 4, 1893, Walter Gowans and Rowland Bingham of Toronto, Canada, and Thomas Kent of Buffalo, N.Y., landed at Lagos, Nigeria. Their aim was to establish a witness among the 60 million people of what was then commonly known as the Soudan, the area south of the Sahara between the Niger River and the Nile. Gowans and Kent died in the first few months. Bingham returned to Canada, formed a council, and went back to Africa in 1900. That attempt, too, was unsuccessful. In 1901 Bingham sent out a party that succeeded in establishing the Mission\'s first base, at Patigi, 500 miles up the Niger River. When these first SIM pioneers landed in Nigeria, Gowans was 25 years old, Bingham was two weeks away from his 21st birthday, Kent was 23. It is not the multitude of hard duties, it is not constraint and contention that advance us in our Christian course. On the contrary, it is the yielding of our wills without restriction and without choice, to tread cheerfully every day in the path in which Providence leads us, to seek nothing, to be discouraged by nothing, to seek out duty in the present moment, to trust all else without reserve to the will and power of God. Source Unknown. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- It is the old choice which still is presented to every soul; the old crisis which reappears in every experience. Caesar, or Christ, that is the question: the vast, attractive, skeptical world, with its pleasures and ambitions and its prodigal promise, or the meek, majestic, and winning figure of Him of Nazareth? The election remains for each of us. And the moment of the election, in the shaded and solemn \"Valley of Decision,\" will be memorable in our history, when suns for us have ceased to shine! Source Unknown. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Where our Captain bids us go, \'Tis not ours to murmur no; He that gives the sword and shield Chooses too the battlefield Where we are to fight the foe. Source Unknown. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Instant obedience is the only kind of obedience there is; delayed obedience is disobedience. Whoever strives to withdraw from obedience, withdraws from Grace. Thomas a Kampis. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I\'ve read that when Edward VI, the king of England in the 16th century, attended a worship service, he stood while the Word of God was read. He took notes during this time and later studied them with great care. Through the week he earnestly tried to apply them to his life. That\'s the kind of serious-minded response to truth the apostle James calls for in today\'s Scripture reading. A single revealed fact cherished in the heart and acted upon is more vital to our growth than a head filled with lofty ideas about God. One step forward in obedience is worth years of study about it. Chambers, Our Daily Bread, March 4, 1993. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Arabian horses go through rigorous training in the deserts of the Middle East. The trainers require absolute obedience from the horses, and test them to see if they are completely trained. The final test is almost beyond the endurance of any living thing. The trainers force the horses to do without water for many days. Then he turns them loose and of course they start running toward the water, but just as they get to the edge, ready to plunge in and drink, the trainer blows his whistle. The horses who have been completely trained and who have learned perfect obedience, stop. They turn around and come pacing back to the trainer. They stand there quivering, wanting water, but they wait in perfect obedience. When the trainer is sure that he has their obedience he gives them a signal to go back to drink. Now this may be severe but when you are on the trackless desert of Arabia and your life is entrusted to a horse, you had better have a trained obedient horse. We must accept God\'s training and obey Him. Source Unknown. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Roger Staubach who led the Dallas Cowboys to the World Championship in \'71 admitted that his position as a quarterback who didn\'t call his own signals was a source of trial for him. Coach Landry sent in every play. He told Roger when to pass, when to run and only in emergency situations could he change the play (and he had better be right!). Even though Roger considered coach Landry to have a \"genius mind\" when it came to football strategy, pride said that he should be able to run his own team. Roger later said, \"I faced up to the issue of obedience. Once I learned to obey there was harmony, fulfillment, and victory.\" Source Unknown. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- John Kenneth Galbraith, in his autobiography, A Life in Our Times, illustrates the devotion of Emily Gloria Wilson, his family\'s housekeeper: It had been a wearying day, and I asked Emily to hold all telephone calls while I had a nap. Shortly thereafter the phone rang. Lyndon Johnson was calling from the White House. \"Get me Ken Galbraith. This is Lyndon Johnson.\" \"He is sleeping, Mr. President. He said not to disturb him.\" \"Well, wake him up. I want to talk to him.\" \"No, Mr. President. I work for him, not you. When I called the President back, he could scarcely control his pleasure. \"Tell that woman I want her here in the White House.\" John Kenneth Galbraith, A Life in Our Times, Houghton Mifflin, Reader\'s Digest, December, 1981. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- When Christian Herter was governor of Massachusetts, he was running hard for a second term in office. One day, after a busy morning chasing votes (and no lunch) he arrived at a church barbecue. It was late afternoon and Herter was famished. As Herter moved down the serving line, he held out his plate to the woman serving chicken. She put a piece on his plate and turned to the next person in line. \"Excuse me,\" Governor Herter said, \"do you mind if I have another piece of chicken?\" \"Sorry,\" the woman told him. \"I\'m supposed to give one piece of chicken to each person.\" \"But I\'m starved,\" the governor said. \"Sorry,\" the woman said again. \"Only one to a customer.\" Governor Herter was a modest and unassuming man, but he decided that this time he would throw a little weight around. \"Do you know who I am?\" he said. \"I am the governor of this state.\" \"Do you know who I am?\" the woman said. \"I\'m the lady in charge of the chicken. Move along, mister.\" Bits & Pieces, May 28, 1992, pp. 5-6. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Dr. B.J. Miller once said, \"It is a great deal easier to do that which God gives us to do, no matter how hard it is, than to face the responsibilities of not doing it.\" Today In The Word, November, 1989, p.11. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- \"It is not the importance of the thing, but the majesty of the Lawgiver, that is to be the standard of obedience...Some, indeed, might reckon such minute and arbitrary rules as these as trifling. But the principle involved in obedience or disobedience was none other than the same principle which was tried in Eden at the foot of the forbidden tree. It is really this: Is the Lord to be obeyed in all things whatsoever He commands? Is He a holy Lawgiver? Are His creatures bound to give implicit assent to His will?\" Andrew Bonar, referring to the laws found in Leviticus, quoted in J. Bridges, The Pursuit of Holiness, p. 23. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The cost of obedience is nothing compared with the cost of disobedience. Lord, it belongs not to my care Whether I die or live; To love and serve Thee is my share, And this Thy grace must give. If life be long I will be glad, That I may long obey; If short--yet why should I be sad To soar to endless day? Christ leads me through no darker rooms Than he went through before; He that to God\'s Kingdom comes, Must enter by this door. Richard Baxter -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Ron R. was discussing the fragility of many marriages with his girlfriend and posed the following question, \"What if you wake up one morning and don\'t love me anymore?\" She immediately responded, \"There\'s always obedience.\" Source Unknown. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Imagine, if you will, that you work for a company whose president found it necessary to travel out of the country and spend an extended period of time abroad. So he says to you and the other trusted employees, \"Look, I\'m going to leave. And while I\'m gone, I want you to pay close attention to the business. You manage things while I\'m away. I will write you regularly. When I do, I will instruct you in what you should do from now until I return from this trip.\" Everyone agrees. He leaves and stays gone for a couple of years. During that time he writes often, communicating his desires and concerns. Finally he returns. He walks up to the front door of the company and immediately discovers everything is in a mess--weeds flourishing in the flower beds, windows broken across the front of the building, the gal at the front desk dozing, loud music roaring from several offices, two or three people engaged in horseplay in the back room. Instead of making a profit, the business has suffered a great loss. Without hesitation he calls everyone together and with a frown asks, \"What happened? Didn\'t you get my letters?\" You say, \"Oh, yeah, sure. We got all your letters. We\'ve even bound them in a book. And some of us have memorized them. In fact, we have \'letter study\' every Sunday. You know, those were really great letters.\" I think the president would then ask, \"But what did you do about my instructions?\" And, no doubt the employees would respond, \"Do? Well, nothing. But we read every one!\" Charles Swindoll, Living Above the Level of Mediocrity, p. 242. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
OBESITY Half of Americans in a recent poll said they or their family members have suffered from depression, 46% considered it a health problem, and 43% saw it as a \"sign of personal or emotional weakness,\" according to the National Mental Health Association. Other topics measured included alcoholism (seen as a personal weakness by 58% and a health problem by 34%) and obesity (38% deemed it a weakness, 48% a health problem). Where to go for help? Three choices were allowed. 45% suggested a medical doctor, 60% a mental health professional, but only 20% suggested a church, minister, rabbi, or priest, and just 14% suggested a spouse, relative, or friend. National and International Religion Report, Jan 1, 1992.
OBJECTION Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must be first overcome. Samuel Johnson.
OBJECTIVE Flight 401 It was Flight 401 bound for Miami from New York City with a load of holiday passengers. As the huge aircraft approached the Miami Airport for its landing, a light that indicates proper deployment of the landing gear failed to come on. The plane flew in a large, looping circle over the swamps of the Everglades while the cockpit crew checked out the light failure. Their question was this, had the landing gear actually not deployed or was it just the light bulb that was defective? To begin with, the flight engineer fiddled with the bulb. He tried to remove it, but it wouldn\'t budge. Another member of the crew tried to help out...and then another. By and by, if you can believe it, all eyes were on the little light bulb that refused to be dislodged from its socket. No one noticed that the plane was losing altitude. Finally, it dropped right into a swamp. Many were killed in that plane crash. While an experienced crew of high-priced and seasoned pilots messed around with a seventy-five-cent light bulb, an entire airplane and many of its passengers were lost. The crew momentarily forgot the most basic of all rules of the air -- \"Don\'t forget to fly the airplane!\" The same thing can happen to the local church. The preacher and elders can be so busy fighting petty fires and focusing so much of their attention on insignificant issues that they lose sight of what church is all about. The church can have so many activities, programs, projects, committee meetings, banquets, and community involvements -- so many wheels spinning without really accomplishing anything of eternal significance -- that the congregation forgets its primary objective. Many churches are like that impressive invention which had hundreds of wheels, coils, gears, pulleys, belts, bells and lights which all went around and around and flashed at the touch of a button. When the inventor was asked about the function of the weird machine, he replied, \"What does it do? Oh, it doesn\'t do anything, but doesn\'t it run beautifully?\" Let\'s not be like Flight 401 or the invention that doesn\'t do anything! Our primary objective is to win this lost world to Jesus Christ. Charles R. Swindoll, Dropping Your Guard. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
OBLIVIOUS In December 1903, after many attempts, the Wright brothers were successful in getting their \"flying machine\" off the ground. Thrilled, they telegraphed this message to their sister Katherine: \"We have actually flown 120 feet. Will be home for Christmas.\" Katherine hurried to the editor of the local newspaper and showed him the message. He glanced at it and said, \"How nice. The boys will be home for Christmas.\" He totally missed the big news--man had flown! Daily Bread, December 23, 1991.
OBSTACLE Michael A. Guido of Metter, Georgia, columnist of several newspapers writes: \"An artist in Mexico lost his right hand while working on a statue. But he did not give up his work. He learned to carve with his left hand. His beautifully finished masterpiece was called \'In Spite Of.\' \"A sound body, a brilliant mind, a cultural background, a huge amount of money, a wonderful education -- none of these guarantee success. Booker T. Washington was born in slavery. Thomas Edison was deaf. Abraham Lincoln was born of illiterate parents. Lord Byron had a club foot. Robert Louis Stevenson had tuberculosis. Alexander Pope was a hunchback. Admiral Nelson had only one eye. Julius Caesar was an epileptic. But these men made history in spite of their handicaps. And there was Louis Pasteur, so near-sighted that he had a difficult time finding his way in his laboratory without glasses. There was Helen Keller, who could not hear or see, but who graduated with honors from a famous college. \"Got a handicap? Call on the Lord. No problem is too big for Him, or too small. He will make everything \'work together for good\' -- if you trust Him.\" Surely, Guido understands the nature of the human spirit to overcome all obstacles, and that by the power of God! Source Unknown. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- In 1962, Victor and Mildred Goertzel published a revealing study of 413 \"famous and exceptionally gifted people\" called Cradles of Eminence. They spent years attempting to understand what produced such greatness, what common thread might run through all of these outstanding people\'s lives. Surprisingly, the most outstanding fact was that virtually all of them, 392, had to overcome very difficult obstacles in order to become who they were. Tim Hansel, Holy Sweat, 1987, Word Books Publisher, p. 134. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Bette Nesmith had a good secretarial job in a Dallas bank when she ran across a problem that interested her. Wasn\'t there a better way to correct the errors she made on her electric typewriter? Bette had some art experience and she knew that artists who worked in oils just painted over their errors. Maybe that would work for her too. So she concocted a fluid to paint over her typing errors. Before long, all the secretaries in her building were using what she then called \"MistakeOut\". She attempted to sell the product idea to marketing agencies and various companies (including IBM), but they turned her down. However, secretaries continued to like her product, so Bette Nesmith\'s kitchen became her first manufacturing facility and she started selling it on her own. When Bette Nesmith sold the enterprise, the tiny white bottles were earning $3.5 million annually on sales of $38 million. The buyer was Gillette Company and the sale price was $47.5 million. Crossroads, Issue No. 7, pp. 3-4. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A young fellow wanted to be a star journalist but lived in a small town (not much possibility). One day the dam upstream broke and the town was flooded. He got in a rowboat and headed out to look for a story. Found a lady sitting on her rooftop. He tied up the boat and told her what he was after. (They both watched as various items floated by). She says, \"Now there\'s a story.\" \"No, that\'s not a story.\" Finally a hat floats by and then does a 180 degree turn, goes upstream a ways and does another 180 degree turn, etc. The fellow says, \"There\'s a story.\" \"Oh no, that\'s not a story. \"That\'s my husband Hayford. He said that he was going to mow the lawn come hell or high water!\" Source Unknown. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Liu Chi Kung, who placed second to Van Cliburn in the 1948 Tchaikovsky competition, was imprisoned a year later during the Cultural Revolution in China. During the entire seven years he was held, he was denied the use of a piano. Soon after his release, however, he was back on tour. Critics wrote in astonishment that his musicianship was better than ever. \"How did you do this?\" a critic asked. \"You had no chance to practice for seven years.\" \"I did practice,\" Liu replied, \"every day. I rehearsed every piece I have ever played, note by note, in my mind.\" Soundings, Vol. D, No. 7, p. 23. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Johnny Fulton was run over by a car at the age of three. He suffered crushed hips, broken ribs, a fractured skull, and compound fractures in his legs. It did not look as if he would live. But he would not give up. In fact, he later ran the half- mile in less than two minutes. Walt Davis was totally paralyzed by polio when he was nine years old, but he did not give up. He became the Olympic high jump champion in 1952. Shelly Mann was paralyzed by polio when she was five years old, but she would not give up. She eventually claimed eight different swimming records for the U.S. and won a gold medal at the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, Australia. In 1938, Karoly Takacs, a member of Hungary\'s world-champion pistol shooting team and sergeant in the army, lost his right hand when a grenade he was holding exploded. But Takacs did not give. up. He learned to shoot left-handed and won gold medals in the 1948 and 1952 Olympics. Lou Gehrig was such a clumsy ball player that the boys in his neighborhood would not let him play on their team. But he was committed. He did not give up. Eventually, his name was entered into baseball\'s Hall of Fame. Woodrow Wilson could not read until he was ten years old. But he was a committed person. He became the twenty-eighth President of the United States. At the age of seven, he had to go to work to help support his family. At nine, his mother died. At twenty-two, he lost his job as a store clerk. At twenty-three, he went into debt and became a partner in a small store. At twenty-six, his partner died leaving him a huge debt. By the age of thirty-five, he had been defeated twice when running for a seat in Congress. At the age of thirty-seven, he won the election. At thirty-nine, he lost his reelection bid. At forty- one, his four-year-old son died. At forty-two, he was rejected for a land officer role. At forty-five, he ran for the Senate and lost. At forty-seven, he was defeated for the nomination for Vice President. At forty-nine, he ran for Senate again and lost again. At the age of fifty-one, he was elected President of the United States. During his second term of office, he was assassinated. But his name lives on among the greats in U.S. history--Abraham Lincoln. Heaven Bound Living, Knofel Stanton, Standard, 1989, p. 43-44. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- In 19467 San Francisco\'s Potrero Hill was not only a poor South City neighborhood, it was a real ghetto. That year was the year Oren was born. Rickets, a poverty-related disease actually caused by malnutrition, was Oren\'s major problem. His vitamin-mineral deficient diet caused his bones to soften. His legs began to bow under the weight of his growing body. Even though the family was too poor to afford braces, Oren\'s mom refused to sit back, sigh, and resign herself to the inevitable. She rolled up her sleeves and took charge. She rigged up a homemade contraption in hopes of correcting her son\'s pigeon-toed, bowlegged condition. How? By reversing his shoes! Right shoe, left foot; left shoe, right foot; plus an improvised metal bar across the shoe tops to keep his feet pointing straight. It didn\'t work perfectly, but it was good enough to keep the boy on his feet and ultimately able to play with his buddies. By the time he was about six years of age, his bones had hardened, his legs were still slightly bowed, his calves were unusually thin, and his head was disproportionately large. Nicknames from other kids followed him around: \"Pencil-legs,\" \"Waterhead\"; but he refused to let all that hold him back. He compensated by acting tough. Street gangs on Potrero Hill were common: the Gladiators, Sheiks, Roman Gents, Persian Warriors. By age thirteen Oren had fought and won his way to being president of the Gladiators. For all the fighting, he was arrested only three times; that was the crowing achievement of his early youth. Those who don\'t know his background could easily think he got all the breaks. As they look at him today and see this fine and refined gentleman, they would assume he\'s always been wealthy. He lives in the exclusive Brentwood district of Los Angeles, drives a luxurious car, and has his elegant office in an elite bank building. He is now a busy executive with his own production company. He personally handles most of his own financial affairs and business negotiations. He has contracts with the media and various entertainment firms and agencies. In today\'s terms, Oren has it made. That plush office with the name on the door belongs to Orenthal James Simpson. Yes, none other than \"the Juice,\" O.J. Simpson. Charles Swindoll, Living Above the Level of Mediocrity, pp.17-18. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Track star Wilma Rudolph won three gold medals in the 1960 Olympics, but to get there she had to overcome enormous hurdles. Stricken with scarlet fever at the age of 4, she lost the use of her left leg and had to learn to walk again when she was 7. Source Unknown. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Office How To Maintain A Healthy Level Of Insanity In The Workplace... 1. Page yourself over the intercom. Don\'t disguise your voice. 2. Find out where your boss shops and buy exactly the same clothes. Wear each outfit one day after your boss does. This is especially effective if your boss is of a different gender than you. 3. Make up nicknames for all your coworkers and refer to them only by these names. \"That\'s a good point, Sparky.\" \"I\'m sorry, but I\'m going to have to disagree with you there, Cha-cha.\" 4. Send email to the rest of the company telling them exactly what you\'re doing. For example: \"If anyone needs me, I\'ll be in the bathroom.\" 5. Hi-Lite your shoes. Tell people that you haven\'t lost them as much since you did this. 6. While sitting at your desk, soak your fingers in Palmolive liquid. Call everyone Madge. 7. Hang mosquito netting around your cubicle. When you emerge to get coffee or a printout or whatever, slap yourself randomly the whole way. 8. Place a chair facing a printer. Sit there all day and tell people you\'re waiting for your document. 9. Every time someone asks you to do something anything- ask him or her if they want fries with that. 10. Send email back and forth to yourself, engaging yourself in an intellectual debate. Forward the correspondence to a coworker and ask her to settle the disagreement. 11. Encourage your colleagues to join you in a little synchronized chair dancing. 12. Put your trash can on your desk. Label it \"IN.\" 13. Feign an unnatural and hysterical fear of staplers. 14. Send email messages saying there\'s free pizza or donuts or cake in the lunchroom. When people drift back to work complaining that they found none, lean back, pat your stomach and say, \"Oh, you\'ve got to be faster than that.\" 15. Put decaf in the coffee maker for three weeks. Once everyone has withdrawn from caffeine addiction, switch to espresso. Source Unknown. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
OLD AGE George Burns once said, \"Tennis is a game for young people. Until age 25, you can play singles. From there until age 35, you should play doubles. I won\'t tell you my age, but when I played, there were 28 people on the court -- just on my side of the net. Bits & Pieces, April 28, 1994, p. 19. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Man is like an automobile. As it gets older, the differential starts slipping, and the u-joints get worn, causing the drive shaft to go bad. The transmission won\'t go into high gear and sometimes has difficulty getting out of low. The cylinders get worn and lose compression, making it hard to climb the slightest incline. When it is climbing, the tappets clatter and ping to the point where one wonders if the old bus will make it to the top. The carburetor gets fouled with pollutants and other matter, making it hard to get started in the morning. It is hard to keep the radiator filled because of the leaking hose. The thermostat goes out, making it difficult to reach operating temperature. The headlights grow dim, and the horn gets weaker. The memory chip drops a few bytes, and the battery needs constant recharging. But if the body looks good with no bangs, dents or chipping paint, we can keep it washed and polished, giving the impression that it can compete with the newer models and make one more trip down the primrose lane before the head gasket blows. Gentlemen, start your engines. Pinging Like Crazy in Tulsa, in Ann Landers, Spokesman Review, December 24, 1993, p. D2. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A couple had been married for 50 years. \"Things have really changed,\" she said. \"You used to sit very close to me.\" \"Well, I can remedy that,\" he said, moving next to her on the couch. \"And you used to hold me tight.\" \"How\'s that?\" he asked as he gave her a hug. \"Do you remember you used to nudge my neck and nibble on my ear loves?\" He jumped to his feet and left the room. \"Where are you going?\" \"I\'ll be right back,\" he said. \"I\'ve got to get my teeth!\" Tal D. Bonham and Jack Gulledge, The Treasury of Clean Senior Adult Jokes (Broadman) quoted in Reader\'s Digest. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Children touring a retirement home were asked by a resident if they had any questions. \"Yes,\" one girl said. \"How old are you?\" \"I\'m 98,\" she replied proudly. Clearly impressed, the child\'s eyes grew wide with wonder. \"Did you start at one?\" Contributed by Ruth Naylor, Reader\'s Digest. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Thought I\'d let my doctor check me Cause I didn\'t feel quite right All those aches and pains annoyed me And I couldn\'t get to sleep at night. He could find no real disorder But he couldn\'t let me rest What with Medicare and Blue Cross It wouldn\'t hurt to do some tests. To the hospital he sent me Though I didn\'t feel that bad He arranged for them to give me Every test that could be had. I was flouroscoped and cystoscoped My aging frame displayed, Stripped upon an ice cold table While my gizzards were X-rayed. I was checked for worms and parasites For fungus and the Crud While they pierced me with long needles Taking samples of my blood. Doctors came to check me over Prodded and pushed and poked around, And to make sure that I was living They wired me up for sound. They have finally concluded: (Their results have filled a page) What I have will someday kill me, My affliction is .....Old Age. Source Unknown. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Beatitudes for friends of the aged--Esther Mary Walker Blessed are they who understand My faltering step and palsied hand. Blessed are they who know that my ears today Must strain to catch the things they say. Blessed are they who seem to know That my eyes are dim and my wits are slow. Blessed are they who looked away When coffee spilled at table today. Blessed are they with a cheery smile Who stop to chat for a little while. Blessed are they who never say, \"You\'ve told that story twice today.\" Blessed are they who know the ways To bring back memories of yesterdays. Blessed are they who make it known That I\'m loved, respected and not alone. Blessed are they who know I\'m at a loss To find the strength to carry the Cross. Blessed are they who ease the days On my journey Home in loving ways. Esther Mary Walker. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Old age is dreaded by almost everyone because it usually means loneliness, physical decline, and a retreat to inactivity. Some people tend to lose their enthusiasm for life and spend too much time in fruitless reminiscing and self-pity. They feel like \"Old Jimmy\", an elderly gentleman George Mueller often told about. When this man was asked what he did all day since he had retired, he replied, \"I just sit and think, and sit and think,...and sometimes I just sit!\" That\'s getting old in the worst way -- ceasing to live before we die. History records that many people made some of their greatest contributions to society after the age of 65. The Earl of Halsburg, for example, was 90 when he began preparing a 20- volume revision of English law. Goethe wrote Faust at 82. Galileo made his greatest discovery when he was 73. At 69, Hudson Taylor was still vigorously working on the mission field, opening up new territories in Indochina. And when Caleb was 85, he took the stronghold of the giants (Josh. 14:10-15). God never intends for us to retire from spiritual activity. The Bible says we can \"still bring forth fruit in old age.\" Even as Jesus kept the \"best wine\" for the last at the wedding in Cana (John 2:10), so He seeks to gather the most luscious clusters of the fruit of the Spirit from the fully ripened harvest of our lives. You may be sure God wouldn\'t keep you on this earth if He didn\'t have a worthwhile ministry for you to accomplish. So keep on serving the Lord! Our Daily Bread. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The great evangelist George Whitefield was relating the difficulties of the gospel ministry to some friends. He said that he was weary of the burdens and was glad that his work would soon be over and that he would depart this earthly scene to be with Christ. The others admitted having similar feelings -- all except one, a Mr. Tennant. Noting this, Whitefield tapped him on the knee and said, \"Well, Brother Tennant, you are the oldest among us; do you not rejoice to think that your time is so near at hand when you will be called Home?\" The old man answered bluntly that he had no wish about it. When pressed for something more definite, he added, \"I have nothing to do with death. My business is to live as long as I can, and as well as I can, and serve my Savior as faithfully as I can, until He thinks it\'s time to call me Home.\" Whitefield accepted that word as a gentle rebuke from the Lord, and it helped him go on with his work calmly and patiently. Our Daily Bread. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The closing years of life can be peaceful, happy, and productive. A man or woman of God doesn\'t need to escape them by dwelling on past glories; nor does he need to make them miserable by developing a bitter, complaining spirit. God gives the whole of life to live, and the psalmist suggests that even our later years can be fruitful and flourishing. But we must begin by being happy now! The well-known Christian psychiatrist Paul Tournier gives insight on this subject in his book The Seasons of Life. He writes, \"True happiness is always linked with deep, inner harmony. It therefore always implies an acceptance of one\'s age; the acceptance of no longer being a child when one has reached the age of adulthood, and the giving up of the goals of active life when one is advance in years. This is the age of retirement, which for some men can be a meaningful experience, while for others it is a cruel trial. Why such differences? Partly, undoubtedly, this comes from differences in temperament. Yet more so from something else. Those who complain about their retirement are usually the same ones as those who used to complain about their work and longed to be set free from it!\" Our Daily Bread. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- How to Know You\'re Getting Older Everything hurts! and what doesn\'t hurt, doesn\'t work! You feel like the night before, and you haven\'t been anywhere! You sit in a rocking chair and you can\'t get it going! Your knees buckle and your belt won\'t! Dialing long distance wears you out! Your fortune teller offers to read your face! The little gray haired lady you help across the street is your wife! You sink your teeth into a steak, and they stay there! You wake up in the morning and your water bed has sprung a leak, and you realize you don\'t have a water bed! When you watch a pretty girl go by, your pace-maker makes the garage door go up! When you know all the answers, and no one asks you the questions! When you decide to procrastinate, but never get around to it! C. Swindoll, Strengthening Our Grip, p. 128. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Old age is always 15 years older than I am. Bernard Baruch. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- By the time a person gets to greener pastures, he can\'t climb the fence. Frank Dickson, quoted by Ira G. Corn, Jr., United Feature Syndicate. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Wisdom doesn\'t automatically come with old age. Nothing does -- except wrinkles. It\'s true, some wines improve with age. But only if the grapes were good in the first place. Abigail Van Buren, Chicago Tribute-New York News Syndicate, quoted in Reader\'s Digest, May, 1980. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Lowell Thomas, speaking at a luncheon, warned that one of the dangers of passing the 80th year of age is that \"everything you say reminds you of something else\". Editor & Publisher, quoted in Reader\'s Digest, May, 1980. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- It\'s only natural for older people to be quiet. They have a lot more to be quiet about. Reader\'s Digest, May, 1980. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The distinguished behaviorist B.F. Skinner was addressing the Nova University 1978 Conference on Aging. He was explaining how, at age 74, he made allowances for his impaired vision and hearing. Skinner recalled a time when he was having a Chinese meal in a busy senior-center living room, and someone sitting near him pointed out the food in the middle of the table. Skinner decided he was expected to eat some. As he took a piece, he admired its thin, pale-brown crust. Eating the crunchy delicacy, he wondered how the Chinese were able to produce such a fragile, yet crispy, crust. Then he noticed that his neighbor was eating the same thing. She was peeling hers. It was a hard-boiled egg. Contributed by Marylou Hughes, Reader\'s Digest, May, 1980. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The greatest happiness usually comes not in youth, but in old age. Men generally are happiest during their middle sixties, women during their seventies. Unhappiest time: early fifties for men, late forties for women. Gail Sheehy, quoted in Homemade, November, 1984. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Old age can be a most rewarding period of life. For those who have found the satisfaction of a loving and close relationship with the Heavenly Father through faith in His Son, the \"sunset years\" can be more appropriately labeled the \"golden years\". Henry Durbanville felt that way. In his book The Best Is Yet To Be he wrote, \"I feel so sorry for folks who don\'t like to grow old...I revel in my years. They enrich me...I would not exchange...the abiding rest of soul, the measure of wisdom I have gained from the sweet and bitter and perplexing experiences of life; nor the confirmed faith I now have in the...love of God, for all the bright and uncertain hopes and tumultuous joys of youth. Indeed, I would not! These are the best years of my life...The way grows brighter; the birds sing sweeter; the winds blow softer; the sun shines more radiantly than ever before. I suppose \'my outward man\' is perishing, but \'my inward man\' is being joyously renewed day by day. Robertson McQuilkin wrote, \"God planned the strength and beauty of youth to be physical. But the strength and beauty of age is spiritual. We gradually lose the strength and beauty that is temporary so we\'ll be sure to concentrate on the strength and beauty that is forever.\" Our Daily Bread. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Retirement may increase a man\'s risk of dying of heart attack. \"We found an 80 percent higher rate of death from coronary disease among those in a study who had retired compared with those who had not,\" said Dr. Charles H. Hennekens of Harvard Medical School. It may be that some people who retire get all nervous about it and kind of tense,\" said Hennekens. \"That may be a way of explaining this, but I just don\'t know.\" Hennekens said he and his colleagues were trying to set up a long-term study of up to 10,000 elderly persons to determine their physical and mental responses to retirement. Among the variables not included in the current data, he said, were length of retirement, changes in lifestyle and attitudes toward retirement. The last may be very important, he said, since \"for some people, retirement is a reward for a lifetime\'s work and they look forward to it. But for other people, it is a punishment for growing old. Those who feel that way perhaps might be the ones who get nervous, but we don\'t have that breakdown.\" Each victim was matched with another man of similar age living in the same neighborhood. Of the 568 pairs of victims and controls, 102 included one retiree and one person still at work. Of those, Hennekens said, 76 of the dead men were retirees, while only 26 of the living men had retired. After adjusting the information for age differences and other variables, he said, \"there was still this 80 percent association.\" He said the tentative findings applied only to men in whom coronary disease is much more common than in women. By age 60, one in five American men will have had a coronary problem, while the figure for women is about one in 17. Des Moines Register, November 11, 1979, Fingertip Facts. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Shall I? - Or - Have I? Just a line to say I\'m living That I\'m not among the dead. Though I\'m getting more forgetful And more mixed up in the head. For sometimes I can\'t remember When I stand at foot of stair, If I must go up for something Or I\'ve just come down from there. And before the frig\', so often My poor mind is filled with doubt, Have I just put food away, or Have I come to take some out? And there\'s times when it is dark out With my nightcap on my head, I don\'t know if I\'m retiring Or just getting out of bed. So if it\'s my turn to write you There\'s no need of getting sore, I may think I have written And don\'t want to be a bore. So, remember...I do love you, And I wish that you were here; But now, it is nearly mail time So I must say: \"Goodbye Dear\". Here I stand beside the mailbox, With my face so very red, Instead of mailing you this letter... I have opened it instead.... Source Unknown. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- But Not Today I shall grow old perhaps, but not today, not while my hopes are young, my spirit strong, my vision clear, because life has a way of smoothing out the wrinkles with a song. I shall grow old, perhaps, but not today, not while my dreams remain a shining shield, my faith a lance, and \'neath a sky of grey, my colors wave upon the battlefield. I shall grow old, perhaps, but not today, not while this pen can write upon a page, and memories turn Winter into May, shall this stout heart be brought to terms by age? I shall grow old, perhaps, but not today, and scorning Time who would enlist my tears, I stand convinced there is a better way, of occupying all the coming years. I shall grow old, perhaps, but not today, in my own style and in my own sweet time, no night so dark there does not fall a ray of light along the pathway that I climb. Just say of me, when my last hour slips like one bright leaf to softly rest among the others...\"Life was Summer to the heart, of one who died believing she was young.\" Grace E. Easley. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- F.B. Meyer once confided to his friend F.A. Robinson of Toronto, \" I do hope my Father will let the river of my life go flowing fully until the finish. I don\'t want it to end in a swamp.\" W. Wiersbe, The Wycliffe Handbook of Preaching & Preachers, p. 193. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- \"Little Pills Where Goeth Thou?\" We take pink pills for old arthritis and green ones, perhaps, for the heart. A blue one because you are dizzy--hope the stomach can tell them apart. A white pill controls the blood pressure; a red one helps soften the stool; A yellow one calms you down greatly so you won\'t be acting the fool. There are two-toned, and gray and brown pills for relief from head-aches and gout, Diabetes, ulcers and heartburn, sure hope each pill knows the right route. What a terrible mess up there could be if your headache pill went to your toe, And the laxative pill traveled upward \'cause it wasn\'t quite sure where to go. If this should ever happen to you, you\'d either laugh or you\'d weep. \'Cause you\'d probably run off at the mouth and your feet would be falling asleep. How in the world could you stop the dilemma unless you stood on your head, So the pills could all change directions before you wound up sick in bed. What would happen if time released capsules forgot to do the right thing And released all their pellets at once. A great upset they would bring. So little pills of every kind, just wend your way thru us and find The ailment that we take you for so we won\'t worry anymore! Ester Stout, Pioneer Home, Thermopolis, WY. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- One thing about getting old is that you can sing in the bathroom while brushing your teeth. Source Unknown. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Our pastor called the other day and told my wife, Helen, that at her age she should start thinking about the hereafter. \"Oh, I do, I do,\" Helen told him. \"No matter where I am, I ask myself, \'What am I here after?\'\" Source Unknown. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A couple we know recently attended their 60 year high school class reunion. During the evening they were chosen to head a group that would judge the Old Smoothies dance contest. The husband has a hearing problem and his wife has been trying to get him to get a hearing aid. When the contest got down to the last two partners, the wife conferred with the group of judges and then whispered the name of the winners to her husband. He didn\'t hear, so she told him again and then yelled, \"Get the bananas out of your ears!\" The husband immediately seized the microphone and announced the winners: \"Mr. and Mrs. Bonnanas!\" Their name turned out to be Smith. That wasn\'t bad enough--then the wife explained to the Smiths that they had won because they did such a great job of executing all those dips. \"Dips? What dips?\" said Mr. Smith. \"We were just trying to hold each other up.\" Bits and Pieces, April, 1991. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Shall we sit idly down and say, The night hath come; it is no longer day? The night hath not yet come; we are not quite Cut off from labor by the failing light; Something remains for us to do or dare; Even the oldest tree some fruit may bear. Henry W. Longfellow. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. was and still is generally regarded as one of the most outstanding justices in the history of the U.S. Supreme Court. He was known as the Great Dissenter because he disagreed with the other judges so much. Holmes sat on the Supreme Court until he was 91. Two years later, President Roosevelt visited him and found him reading Plato. \"Why?\" FDR asked. \"To improve my mind,\" Holmes answered. Bits and Pieces, December 13, 1990. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Jesus loves me, this I know, Though my hair is white as snow; Though my sight is growing dim, Still He bids me trust in Him. Yes, Jesus loves me, Yes Jesus loves me, Yes, Jesus loves me, The Bible tells me so. Though my steps are, oh, so slow With my hand in His I\'ll go On through life; let come what may, He\'ll be there to lead the way. When the nights are dark and long, In my heart He puts a song, Telling me in words so clear, \"Have no fear for I am near.\" When my work on earth is done And life\'s victories \'been won He will take me home above To the fullness of His love. C.D. Frey, Tennessee, in The Bible Friend. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- There\'s nothing whatever the matter with me; I\'m just as healthy as I can be. I have arthritis in both of my knees; And when I talk, I talk with a wheeze. My pulse is weak, and my blood is thin, But I\'m awfully well for the shape I\'m in. Arch supports I have for my feet, Or I wouldn\'t be able to walk on the street. Sleep is denied me night after night, And every morning I look a sight. My memory is failing; my head\'s in a spin. But I\'m awfully well for the shape I\'m in. The moral is, as this tale we unfold, That for you and me who are growing old, It is better to say, \"I\'m fine,\" with a grin, Than to let them know the shape we\'re in. Source Unknown. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- You know you\'re growing old when: The gleam in your eyes is from the sun hitting your glasses. You feel like the night before, and you haven\'t been anywhere. Your little black book contains only names ending in \"M.D.\" You get winded playing chess. Your children look middle-aged. You finally reach the top of the ladder, only to find it leaning against the wrong wall. You join a health club and don\'t go. You decide to procrastinate, but then you never get around to it. Your mind makes contracts your body can\'t meet. You know all the answers, but nobody asks you the questions. You look forward to a dull evening. You walk with your head held high, trying to get used to your trifocals. Your favorite part of the newspaper is \"25 Years Ago Today.\" You sit in a rocking chair and can\'t get it going. Your knees buckle and your belt won\'t. You stop looking forward to your next birthday. Dialing long distance wears you out. You just can\'t stand people who are intolerant. The best part of the day is over when your alarm clock goes off. You burn the midnight oil after 9:00 p.m. Your back goes out more than you do. A fortune teller offers to read your face. The little gray-haired lady you help across the street is your wife. You sink your teeth into a steak and they stay there. Source Unknown. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- How do I know my youth is all spent? Well, my get up and go has got up and went. But in spite of it all--I\'m able to grin When I think of where my get up has been. Old age is golden, so I\'ve heard it said, But sometimes I wonder as I get into bed-- With my ears in a drawer, my teeth in a cup, My eyes on the table until I wake up-- Ere sleep dims my eyes I say to myself, Is there anything else I should have laid on the shelf? I\'m happy to say as I close my door My friends are the same--only perhaps even more When I was young, my slippers were red; I could kick up my heels right over my head. When I grew older my slippers were blue But still I could dance the whole night through. Now I am old--my slippers are black-- I walk to the store and puff my way back. The reason I know my youth is all spent My get up and go has got up and went! But I really dont\' mind, when I think with a grin Of all the grand places my get up has been. Since I\'ve retired from life\'s competition I busy myself with complete repetition. I get up each morning, dust off my wits, Pick up the paper and read the \"O-bits\"; If my name is missing, I know I\'m not dead, So I eat a good breakfast and go back to bed!! Source Unknown. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
OMISSION His career as a private detective supplied novelist Dashiell Hammett with much of the material used in his books. On one occasion, the chief of police of a southern city sent Hammett a detailed description of a wanted man, even mentioning the mole on the man\'s neck. The description omitted, however, the important fact that the culprit had only one arm! Today in the Word, February 4, 1993. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sam Jones was a preacher who held revival services, which he called \"quittin\' meetings.\" His preaching was directed primarily to Christians, and he urged them to give up the sinful practices in their lives. Sam\'s messages were very effective, and many people promised to quit swearing, drinking, smoking, lying, gossiping, or anything else that was displeasing to the Lord. On one occasion Jones asked a woman, \"Just what is it that you\'re quittin\'?\" She replied, \"I\'m guilty of not doing something -- and I\'m going to quit doing that too!\" Even though she had no bad habits to give up, she wasn\'t actively living to please God. Daily Bread, September 6, 1992. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
OMNIPOTENCE Does omnipotence mean that God can do literally anything? No, that is not the meaning. There are many things God cannot do. He cannot do what is self-contradictory or nonsensical, like squaring the circle. Nor (and this is vital) can he act out of character. God has a perfect moral character, and it is not in him to deny it. He cannot be capricious, unloving, random, unjust, or inconsistent. Just as he cannot pardon sin without atonement because that would not be right, so he cannot fail to be faithful and just in forgiving sins that are confessed in faith and in keeping all the other promises he has made. Moral instability, vacillation, and unreliability are marks of weakness, not of strength: but God\'s omnipotence is supreme strength, making is impossible that he should lapse into imperfection of this sort. The positive way to say this is: though there are things which a holy, rational God is incapable of intending, all that he intends to do he actually does. \"Whatever the Lord pleases he does\" (Ps. 135:6). As when he planned the make the world, \"he spoke, and it came to be\" (Ps. 33:9), so it is with everything that he wills. With people \"there\'s many a slip twixt cup and lip,\" but not with him. James Packer, Your Father Loves You, Harold Shaw Publishers, 1986. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Nothing is too big for my God to accomplish, and nothing is too little for Him to use in accomplishing it! Source Unknown. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
ONE ANOTHER People need people. Laurie was about three when one night she requested my aid in getting undressed. I was downstairs and she was upstairs, and ... well. \"You know how to undress yourself,\" I reminded. \"Yes,\" she explained, \'but sometimes people need people anyway, even if they do know how to do things by themselves.\" William C. Schultz, Bits and Pieces, December 1990.
Only Three Years(꼭 3년 동안)
Only Three Years(꼭 3년 동안) Socrates taught for 40 years, Plato for 50, Aristotle for 40, and Jesus for only three. Yet the influence of Christ\'s 3-year ministry infinitely transcends the impact left by the combined 130 years of teaching from these men who were among the greatest philosophers of all autiquity. 소크라테스는 40년을,플라톤은 50년을,아리스토텔레스는 40년을, 그러나 예수님은 3년을 가르치셨습니다. 하지만 예수님이 3년 동안 가르치신 영향은 고대 철학자 중에서도 가장 위대한 위의 세 사람이 가르친 연수를 합친 130년 동안 가르친 것보다 훨씬 더 많은 영향을 가져오고 있습니다. (예: 예수님은 화가는 아니셨지만 라파엘, 미카렌젤로, 레오나르도 다빈치가 예수님의 감명을 받아 그 고귀한 그림을 그렸고,...작가 단테와 밀턴 등의 많은 시인들...음악가=하이든,헨델,베토벤,바하 ....인간의 위대한 업적의 모든 분야가 이 천한 나사렛 목수에 의하여 고귀하게 되었습니다.)
ONWARD Christian Soldiers
ONWARD Christian Soldiers Backward Christian Soldiers 1. Backward Christian soldiers, Fleeing from the fight, With the cross of Jesus, Nearly out of sight. Christ our rightful master Stands against the foe Onward into battle, we seem afraid to go. Chorus: Backward Christian soldiers, Fleeing from the fight, With the cross of Jesus, Nearly out of sight. 2. Like a mighty tortoise Moves the church of God. Brothers we are treading, Where we\'ve often trod. We are much divided, Many bodies we, Having different doctrines, but Not much charity. 3. Crowns and thrones may perish, Kingdoms rise and wane, But the cross of Jesus Hidden does remain. Gates of hell should never \'gainst the Church prevail, We have Christ\'s own promise, but we think it might fail. 4. Sit here then ye people, Join our sleeping throng. Blend with ours, your voices in a feeble song. Blessings, ease and comfort Ask from Christ the King, But with our modern thinking, We won\'t do a thing. Backward Christian soldiers, fleeing from the fight, With the cross of Jesus, nearly out of sight! Christ our rightful Master, stands against the foe, But forward into battle, we are loath to go. Like a mighty tortoise, moves the Church of God; Brothers, we are treading, where we\'ve often trod. We are much divided, many bodies we, Having different doctrines, not much charity. Crowns and thorns may perish, kingdoms rise and wane, But the Church of Jesus, hidden does remain. Gates of hell should never, \'gainst the Church prevail, We have Christ\'s own promise, but think that it will fail. Sit here, then, ye people, join our useless throng; Blend with ours, your voices, in a feeble song. Blessings, ease and comfort, ask from Christ the King. With our modern thinking, we don\'t do a thing! Backward Christian Soldiers... George Verwer. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
OPEN MIND An open mind, in questions that are not ultimate, is useful. But an open mind about ultimate foundations either of Theoretical or Practical reason is idiocy. If a man\'s mind is open on these things, let his mouth at least be shut. C.S. Lewis quoted in Credenda Agenda Vol. 4, No. 5 p. 16. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Merely having an open mind is nothing; the object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid. G.K. Chesterton
OPPORTUNITY The Irish Potato Famine (1846-1851) resulted in a 30 percent drop in the population of the west of Ireland. The prolonged suffering of the Irish peasantry had broken the survivors in body and spirit. John Bloomfield, the owner of Castle Caldwell in County Fermanagh, was working on the recovery of his estate when he noticed that the exteriors of his tenant farmers\' small cottages had a vivid white finish. He was informed that there was a clay deposit on his property of unusually fine quality. To generate revenue and provide employment on his estate, he built a pottery at the village of Belleek in 1857. The unusually fine clay yielded a porcelain china that was translucent with a glass-like finish. It was worked into traditional Irish designs and was an immediate success. Today, Belleek\'s delicate strength and its iridescent pearlized glaze is enthusiastically purchased the world over. This multimillion-dollar industry arose from innovative thinking during some very anxious times. Bits & Pieces, June 25, 1992. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- We missed him. Our chance to change things came and passed and we did not know it was there. A dark-skinned little boy sat through Sunday School classes for three years at a great Baptist Church (First Church, San Antonio) but some one missed him. His name was Sirhan Sirhan, and at age 24 he shot and killed Senator Robert Kennedy. In a welter of words and the shudder of grief throughout our nation, the persistent thought keeps recurring...someone missed him. Dr. Jimmy Allen, former pastor of First Baptist Chruch, San Antonio, Texas in Pulpit Helps, May, 1991. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Some years ago an energetic young man began as a clerk in a hardware store. Like many old- time hardware stores, the inventory included thousands of dollars\' worth of items that were obsolete or seldom called for by customers. The young man was smart enough to know that no thriving business could carry such an inventory and still show a healthy profit. He proposed a sale to get rid of the stuff. The owner was reluctant but finally agreed to let him set up a table in the middle of the store and try to sell off a few of the oldest items. Every product was priced at ten cents. The sale was a success and the young fellow got permission to run a second sale. It, too, went over just as well as the first. This gave the young clerk an idea. Why not open a store that would sell only nickel and dime items? He could run the store and his boss could supply the capital. The young man\'s boss was not enthusiastic. \"The plan will never work,\" he said, \"because you can\'t find enough items to sell at a nickel and a dime.\" The young man was disappointed but eventually went ahead on his own and made a fortune out of the idea. His name was F.W. Woolworth. Years later his old boss lamented, \"As near as I can figure it, every word I used in turning Woolworth down has cost me about a million dollars!\" Bits and Pieces, Vol. F, #41. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- In 1269 Kublai Khan sent a request from Peking to Rome for \"a hundred wise men of the Christian religion...And so I shall be baptized, and when I shall be baptized all my baron and great men will be baptized, and their subjects baptized, and so there will be more Christian here than there are in your parts.\" The Mongols were then wavering in the choice of a religion. It might have been, as Kublai forecast, the greatest mass religious movement the world has ever seen. The history of all Asia would have been changed. But what actually happened? Pope Gregory X answered by sending two Domnican friars. They got as far as Armenia, could endure no longer and returned home. So passed the greatest missionary opportunity in the history of the church. R. Dunkerly, in Resource, No. 2. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
OPTIMISM I read about a schoolboy who brought home his report card. It was heavy with poor grades. \"What have you to say about this?\" asked his father. \"One thing for sure,\" the boy replied, \"Dad, you can be proud. You know I haven\'t been cheating!\" Morning Glory, August 12, 1993. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Exceptional winning streaks by teams at relatively obscure high schools or colleges are not uncommon, but even so we feel an obligation to report that the girls\' volleyball team at Dayville High School in Oregon ran off a string of 65 victories before losing. What makes this streak so appealing is that Dayville High has only 18 girl students: 16 are on the volleyball squad and the 17th keeps score. Although Dayville is one of the smallest Class B high schools in the state, it won the Class A volleyball championship for three years running. Part of its success must be due to its unbridled optimism. The letter that brought word of the winning streak said that after the defeat, \"The team rebounded and has a winning streak of one.\" Sports Illustrated. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- An optimist believes we live in the best of all possible worlds. A pessimist fears this is true. The tire is only flat on the bottom. Winners see risk as opportunity. They see the rewards of success in advance. They do not fear the penalties of failure. The winning individual knows that bad luck is attracted by negative thinking and that an attitude of optimistic expectancy is the surest way to create an upward cycle and to attract the best of luck most of the time. Winners know that so-called luck is the intersection of preparation and opportunity. If an individual is not prepared, he or she simply does not see or take advantage of a situation. Opportunities are always around, but only those who are prepared utilize them effectively. Source Unknown. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Winners seem to be lucky because their positive self-expectancy enables them to better prepared for their opportunities. When asked by a news reporter how she thought she would do in one of her early career swimming meets in the United States several years ago, 14-year-old Australian Shane Gould replied, \"I have a feeling there will be a world record today.\" She went on to set two world records in the one-hundred- and two-hundred- meter freestyle events. When asked how she thought she would fare in the more testing, grueling, four-hundred-meter event, Shane replied with a smile, \"I get stronger every race, and besides ... by parents said they\'d take me to Disneyland if I win, and we\'re leaving tomorrow!\" she went to Disneyland with three world records. At 16 she held five world records and became one of the greatest swimmers of all time, winning three gold medals in the 1972 Olympics. She learned early about the power of self-expectancy. Denis Waitley in The Winner\'s Edge (Berkley Books) quoted in Bits & Pieces, March 4, 1993, pp. 13-15. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- As soon as I began unloading my groceries, the checkout clerk excused herself, saying she\'d be right back. I continued emptying my shopping cart when I heard a woman\'s voice behind me. \"Pardon me,\" she said. \"Is this line open, or are you just an optimist?\" Patricia Carroll in Sunshine Magazine. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Two boys who were twins, one an incurable optimist, one a pessimist. The parents were worried about the extremes of behavior and attitude and finally took the boys in to see a psychologist. The psychologist observed them a while and then said that they could be easily helped. He said that they had a room filled with all the toys a boy could want. They would put the pessimist in that room and allow him to enjoy life. They also had another room that they filled with horse manure. They put the optimist in that room. They observed both boys through one way mirrors. The pessimist continued to be a pessimist, stating that he had no one to play with. They went to look in on the optimist, and were astounded to find him digging through the manure. The psychologist ran into the room and asked what on earth the boy was doing. He replied that with all that manure, he was sure there had to be a pony in the room somewhere. Source Unknown. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I passed a sand lot yesterday, Some kids were playing ball I strolled along the third base line Within the fielder\'s call. \"Say, what\'s the score?\" I asked. He yelled to beat the stuffing, \"There\'s no one out, the bases full, They\'re winning forty-two to nothing!\" \"You\'re getting beat, aren\'t you my friend?\" And then in no time flat He answered, \"No, sir, not as yet! Our side hasn\'t been up to bat!\" Source Unknown. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- During his days as president, Thomas Jefferson and a group of companions were traveling across the country on horseback. They came to a river which had left its banks because of a recent downpour. The swollen river had washed the bridge away. Each rider was forced to ford the river on horseback, fighting for his life against the rapid currents. The very real possibility of death threatened each rider, which caused a traveler who was not part of their group to step aside and watch. After several had plunged in and made it to the other side, the stranger asked President Jefferson if he would ferry him across the river. The president agreed without hesitation. The man climbed on, and shortly thereafter the two of them made it safely to the other side. As the stranger slid off the back of the saddle onto dry ground, one in the group asked him, \"Tell me, why did you select the president to ask this favor of?\" The man was shocked, admitting he had no idea it was the president who had helped him. \"All I know,\" he said, \"Is that on some of your faces was written the answer \'No,\' and on some of them was the answer \'yes.\' His was a \'Yes\' face.\" C. Swindoll, The Grace Awakening, Word, 1990, p. 6. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
ORDERLINESS Young Richard Sears was a railroad agent in Redwood, Minnesota when he discovered he could order watches from the manufacturer, then reship them to agents down the line who sold them to local people. Sears launched a mail-order company, later teaming up with Alvah Roebuck. By 1894, Sears Roebuck & Co. had a 300-page catalog, but orders rolled in so fast that Sears simply burned order forms when he fell too far behind! A brilliant businessman named Julius Rosenwald brought order to the chaos, making many changes and innovations as he made the company work. By 1908, Sears himself was out of the picture, but even in Rosenwald\'s massive overhaul of the business, he was wise enough to preserve the best of the past -- the \"book\", the famous Sears catalog, which has earned a place in American folklore. Today in the Word, September 8, 1992.
ORDINARY Chinese legend: A group of elderly, cultured gentlemen met often to exchange wisdom and drink tea. Each host tried to find the finest and most costly varieties, to create exotic blends that would arouse the admiration of his guests. When the most venerable and respected of the group entertained, he served his tea with unprecedented ceremony, measuring the leaves from a golden box. The assembled epicures praised this exquisite tea. The host smiled and said, \"The tea you have found so delightful is the same tea our peasants drink. I hope it will be a reminder to all that the good things in life are not necessarily the rarest or the most costly. Morris Mandel in Jewish Press K. Hughes, Liberating Ministry From The Success Syndrome, Tyndale, 1988, p. 133.
ORGANIZATION Historians have related the heartwarming story of Abdul Kassem Ismael, the scholarly grand-vizier of Persia in the tenth century, and his library of 117,000 volumes. On his many travels as a warrior and statesman, he never parted with his beloved books. There were carried about by 400 camels trained to walk in alphabetical order. His camel-driver librarians could put their hands instantly on any book their master asked for. Isaac Asimov\'s Book of Facts (Grosset & Dunlap), quoted in Reader\'s Digest, June, 1981. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- There are four main bones in every organization. The wish-bones: Wishing somebody would do something about the problem. The jaw-bones: Doing all the talking but very little else. The knuckle-bones: Those who knock everything. The back-bones: Those who carry the brunt of the load and do most of the work. Bits & Pieces, October 15, 1992, pp. 16-17. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- In a Peanuts cartoon Lucy demanded that Linus change TV channels, threatening him with her fist if he didn\'t. \"What makes you think you can walk right in here and take over?\" asks Linus. \"These five fingers,\" says Lucy. \"Individually they\'re nothing but when I curl them together like this into a single unit, they form a weapon that is terrible to behold.\" \"Which channel do you want?\" asks Linus. Turning away, he looks at his fingers and says, \"Why can\'t you guys get organized like that?\" Charles Schultz. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- In his book Harvest of Humanity, John Seamands told this story: \"A German soldier was wounded. He was ordered to go to the military hospital for treatment. When he arrived at the large and imposing building, he saw two doors, one marked, \'For the slightly wounded,\' and the other, \'For the seriously wounded.\'\" \"He entered through the first door and found himself going down a long hall. At the end of it were two more doors, one marked, \'For officers\', and the other, \'For non-officers.\' He entered through the latter and found himself going down another long hall. At the end of it were two more doors, one marked, \'For party members\' and the other, \'For non-party members.\' He took the second door, and when he opened it he found himself out on the street.\" \"When the soldier returned home, his mother asked him, \'How did you get along at the hospital?\' \'Well, Mother,\' he replied, \'to tell the truth, the people there didn\'t do anything for me, but you ought to see the tremendous organization they have!\'\" Daily Bread. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
ORIGINALITY Your manuscript is both good and original, but the part that is good is not original, and the part that is original is not good. Samuel Johnson quoted in The Book of Insults, Nancy McPhee.