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“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas Alva Edison
- What does this button do?
- It’s probably just a rash.
- Are you sure the power is off?
- Yeah, I made the deciding vote on the jury, so what of it?
- The odds of that happening have to be a million to one!
- Pull the pin and count to what?
- Which wire was I supposed to cut?
- I wonder where the mother bear is?
- I’ve seen this done on TV.
- Watch This!
“All that is really worth the doing is what we do for others.” – Lewis Carroll
“We ought not to treat living creatures like shoes or household belongings, which when worn with use, we throw away.” – Plutarch
“You are perfectly cast in your life. I can’t imagine anyone but you in the role. Go play.” – Lin-Manuel Miranda
The new Librarian decided that instead of checking out children’s books by writing the names of borrowers on the book cards herself, she would have the youngsters sign their own names. She would then tell them they were signing a ‘Contract’ for returning the books on time.
Her first customer was a 2nd grader, who looked surprised to see a new Librarian. He brought four books to the desk and shoved them across to the Librarian, giving her his name as was the custom. The new librarian pushed the books back, smiled, and told him to sign them out himself.
The boy carefully printed his name on each book card and then handed them to her with a look of utter disgust. Before the Librarian could even start her speech he said, scornfully, “At least that other Librarian we had could write.”
“Pray continually.” (NIV)
Just Thinking: If you’re not sure how to pray, consider praying with JOY– thanking Jesus first, then praying for the needs of Others, then Yourself – JOY! It’s a great way to pray.
“There are many intelligent species in the universe. They are all owned by cats.”
“Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.” – Pablo Picasso
“We have a duty to encourage one another. Many a time a word of praise or thanks or appreciation or cheer has kept a man on his feet. Blessed is the man who speaks such a word.” – William Barclay
“We never know the whole man, though sometimes, in quick flashes, we know the true man.” – Agathe Christie
Trees look strong compared with the wild reeds in the field. But when the storm comes the trees are uprooted, whereas the wild reeds, while moved back and forth by the wind, remain rooted and stand up again after the storm has calmed down.
Flexibility is a great virtue. When we cling to our own positions and are not willing to let our hearts be moved back and forth a little by the ideas or actions of others, we may easily be broken. Being like wild reeds does not mean being wishy-washy. It means moving a little with the winds of the time while remaining solidly anchored in the ground.
A humorless, intense, opinionated rigidity about current issues might cause them to break our spirits and make us bitter people. Let’s be flexible while being deeply rooted.