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January/February Issue 2008 - Volume 27 Number 1
Frogs and Distractions
Before 1989? Then You're...OLD!
Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin publishes what it calls "The
Mindset List"--fun facts and figures about the incoming crop of
freshmen so professors will be able to relate to their new students. Beloit
says the list is a reminder that the worldview of today's new college
students is significantly different from the intellectual framework of those
students who entered only a few years earlier. Put another way, it's a
reminder that you are getting on in years.
Most of today's
college freshmen were born in 1989 just as the Cold War was ending. For
them, a Russia with multiple political parties and a China with multiple
business enterprises seem quite normal. They've grown up in a time of
triumphant capitalism, where it's common for stadiums to be named after
corporations and where product placements have always been yet another
clever way for companies to sell their wares. As far as the class of 2011 is
concerned, Alvin Ailey, Andrei Sakharov, Huey Newton, Emperor Hirohito, Ted
Bundy, Abbie Hoffman, and Don the Beachcomber have always been dead.
This list also
serves as a reminder to Christian preachers and teachers that not all of the
young people we encounter will fully understand some of our experiences. We
cannot take for granted that the values with which we grew up are shared by
all of the young; therefore, it is important to teach many fundamental
values to our young rather than assume that they already know them.
This list was
much longer but I have edited it down to just 35 items.
College's Mindset List for the Class of 2011:
lecturer, when explaining stress management to an audience, raised a glass
of water and asked, "How heavy is this glass of water?"
called out ranged from 8oz. to 20oz.
lecturer replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on
how long you try to hold it. If I hold it for a minute, that's not a
problem. If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my right arm. If I
hold it for a day, you'll have to call an ambulance. In each case it's the
same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes."
continued, "And that's the way it is with stress management. If we
carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes
increasingly heavy, we won't be able to carry on. As with the glass of
can pick it up tomorrow. Whatever burdens you're carrying now, let them down
for a moment if you can. Relax;
pick them up later after you've rested. Life is short.
then he shared some ways of dealing with the burdens of life:
Accept that some days you're the pigeon, and some days you're the statue.
Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.
Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of
Drive carefully. It's not only
cars that can be recalled by their Maker.
If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.
If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably
It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to
Never buy a car you can't push.
Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won't
have a leg to stand on.
Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just
get up and dance.
Since it's the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.
The second mouse gets the cheese.
When everything's coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.
Birthdays are good for you. The
more you have, the longer you live.
You may be only one person in the world, but you may also be the world to
Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once.
We could learn a lot from crayons. Some
are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull.
Some have weird names and all are different colors, but they all have
to live in the same box.
A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.
leader Nikita Khrushchev used to tell of a time when there was a wave of
petty theft in the Soviet Union. To curtail this problem, the authorities
posted guards around the factories. At one timber works in Leningrad , the
guard knew the workers in the factory very well. The first evening, out came
Pyotr Petrovich pushing a wheelbarrow and, on the wheelbarrow, a great bulky
sack with a suspicious-looking object inside.
right, Petrovich," said the guard, "what have you got there?"
"Oh, just sawdust and shavings," Petrovich replied.
on," the guard said, "I wasn't born yesterday. Tip it out."
And out came nothing but sawdust and shavings. So he was allowed to put it
all back again and go home. When the same thing happened every night of the
week the guard became frustrated. Finally, his curiosity overcame his
he said, "I know you. Tell me what you're smuggling out of here, and
I'll let you go." "Wheelbarrows, my friend," said Petrovich,
illustration reminds me of how easily humans can be distracted by the
trivial. Petrovich took advantage of this characteristic to conduct his
thievery. The guard, understandably, thought the hidden contents were of
value, until he learned it was just waste product from the factory. He
didn't think for a moment about the wheelbarrow that was doing the hauling!
However, had Petrovich tried to haul an empty wheelbarrow away from the
factory, he would have been caught immediately, no doubt.
devil sometimes works in much the same way as this thief did. He distracts
us in various ways and consequently blinds us to the truth! For example, any
Christian with even an elementary understanding of the Scriptures knows that
adultery is wrong. However, when a co-worker starts flirting with you, it
seems innocent enough to flirt back. But, one thing can easily lead to
another over a period of time and eventually adultery may be committed. A
Christian who would never agree to commit sexual immorality if asked
outright by a stranger, may nevertheless wind up engaging in this form of
wickedness with a co-worker or friend. Why? Because he or she is obviously
not thinking properly; the devil has distracted them by slowly moving the
relationship to this end. To a God-fearing individual, adultery is an
obvious sin (like pushing an empty wheelbarrow out of a factory to one's
home is obvious theft). But, flirting seems so innocent, and the final
consequence of it is easily disguised (like the deceptive sack of sawdust on
me share another example of Satan's distractions, but this case will be more
general in application. Materialism is a deceptive scourge upon many today.
The devil enslaves many with a materialistic spirit, and they are blind to
this sin in their lives. The fundamental purpose of money and any other
material blessing the Lord provides is that we use them to accomplish good
works, always being "ready to give, willing to share" (I Tim.
6:18). However, Satan labors to distract us to fall into the temptation of
desiring to be rich. He tries to squeeze us into thinking like the world
does about money (namely, to trust in it instead of the Lord). Some who are
worth millions of dollars live miserable lives, never satisfied or content
(cf. I Tim. 6:9,10). All they want is more! They've allowed the devil to
deceive them. Others, however, who are not afflicted with the love of money
or material things, can more easily see the bountiful blessings God has
bestowed upon them. They are full of gratitude and good works.
Corinthians 4:18 reads - "We do not look at the things which are seen,
but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are
temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal." Dear
friends, those who are wise will focus on that which is spiritual and
eternal. Do not allow the devil to distract you from the things that are
really important! Be wise enough to see where your actions and attitude will
lead you. Don't be fooled or distracted into concentrating on something that
is eternally worthless (like money, possessions, or fame) when the devil is
laboring to rob you of your soul's salvation!
Stephen R. Bradd
Artifact Proven to Be Real
to the rescue.
University of Southern California scientists used photographic and computer
imaging techniques to more closely examine the inscriptions. For the first
time, they could be fully read and analyzed, which confirmed their
much-older age. There is no doubt now that the script is from the time just
before Nebuchadnezzar destroyed Jerusalem in 586 B.C. and exiled the
Israelites to Babylonia.
New Compuserve 12/19/2005
You Woke Up This Morning
you woke up this morning
more health than illness,
are more blessed than the
who won't survive the week.
you have never experienced
danger of battle,
loneliness of imprisonment,
agony of torture or
pangs of starvation,
are ahead of 20 million people
you attend a church meeting
fear of harassment,
torture, or death,
are more blessed than almost
billion people in the world.
you have food in your refrigerator,
on your back, a roof over
head and a place to sleep,
are richer than 75% of this world.
you have money in the bank,
your wallet, and spare change
a dish someplace, you are among
top 8% of the world's wealthy.
your parents are still married and alive,
are very rare,
in the United States.
you hold up your head with a smile
your face and are truly thankful,
are blessed because the majority can,
most do not.
you can hold someone's hand, hug them
even touch them on the shoulder,
are blessed because you can
God's healing touch.
you can read this message,
are more blessed than over
billion people in the world
cannot read anything at all.
are so blessed in ways
may never even know.
...Via email: 12/20/2007
Old Requires a Sense of Humor
before the funeral services, the undertaker came up to the very elderly
widow and asked, "How old was your husband?" "98," she
replied. "Two years older than me." "So you're 96," the
undertaker commented. She responded, "Hardly worth going home, is it?
interviewing a 104-year-old woman: "And what do you think is the best
thing about being 104?" the reporter asked. She simply replied,
"No peer pressure."
nice thing about being senile is you can hide your own Easter eggs.
sure gotten old! I've had two bypass surgeries, a hip replacement, new knees
Fought prostate cancer and diabetes. I'm half blind, can't hear anything
quieter than a jet engine, take 40 different medications that make me dizzy,
winded, and subject to blackouts. Have bouts with dementia. Have poor
circulation; hardly feel my hands and feet anymore. Can't remember if I'm 85
or 92. Have lost all my friends. But, thank God, I still have my driver's
feel like my body has gotten totally out of shape, so I got my doctor's
permission to join a fitness club and start exercising. I decided to take an
aerobics class for seniors. I bent, twisted, gyrated, jumped up and down,
and perspired for an hour. But, by the time I got my leotards on, the class
elderly woman decided to prepare her will and told her preacher she had two
final requests. First, she wanted to be cremated, and second, she wanted her
ashes scattered over Wal-Mart. "Wal-Mart?" the preacher exclaimed.
"Why Wal-Mart?" "Then I'll be sure my daughters visit me
twice a week".
memory's not as sharp as it used to be. Also, my memory's not as sharp as it
used to be.
how to prevent sagging? Just eat till the wrinkles fill out.
scary when you start making the same noises as your coffeemaker.
days about half the stuff in my shopping cart says, "For fast
You don't stop laughing because you grow old, You grow old because you stop
SENILITY PRAYER : Grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked,
the good fortune to run into the ones I do, and the eyesight to tell the
I think you're supposed to share this with 5 or 6, maybe 10 others. Oh, just
give it to a bunch of your friends if you can remember who they are!
upon a time there was a bunch of tiny frogs who arranged a running
competition. The goal was to reach the top of a very high tower. A big crowd
had gathered around the tower to see the race and cheer on the contestants.
The race began!
no one in crowd really believed that the tiny frogs would reach the top of
the tower. You heard statements such as:
WAY too difficult!!"
will NEVER make it to the top."
a chance that they will succeed. The tower is too high!"
tiny frogs began collapsing one by one. Except for those, who in a fresh
tempo, were climbing higher and higher.
crowd continued to yell, "It
is too difficult!!! No one will make it!"
tiny frogs got tired and gave up.
ONE continued higher and higher and higher. This one wouldn't give up!
the end everyone else had given up climbing the tower. Except for the
tiny frog who, after a big effort, was the only one who reached the top!
all of the other tiny frogs naturally wanted to know how this one frog
managed to do it?
contestant asked the tiny frog how he had found the strength to succeed and
reach the goal?
turned out that the winner was DEAF!
wisdom of this story is:
listen to other people's tendencies to be negative or Pessimistic because
they take your most wonderful dreams and wishes away from you -- the ones
you have in your heart!
think of the power words have because everything you hear and read will
affect your actions!
always be POSITIVE!
above all: Be DEAF when people tell you that you cannot fulfill your dreams!
think: God and I can do this!
you fall down 10 times, stand up 11.