A modern day Pilgrim's Progress... with a few detours along the way
        26
        Jul

        It is me?


        After the last couple of blogs asserting that “Mediocrity is excellence to the mediocre” the logical follow-up question would be; “What if it’s me?  If I’m mediocre,  I wouldn’t recognize it because mediocrity looks good to the mediocre.  So I could be operating at a mediocre level without knowing it.  What if it IS me?"

        Here’s the short answer: it IS you. And me.  And most everyone around us. There used to be a comic strip called PogoPogo was the title and central character of a long-running daily strip, created by cartoonist Walt Kelly.  Set in the Okefenokee Swamp the strip often engaged in social and political satire through the adventures of its funny animal characters. The most famous Pogo quotation is "We have met the enemy and he is us." Perhaps more than any other words written by Kelly, it perfectly sums up his attitude towards the foibles of mankind and the nature of the human condition.  And it illustrates my point: Because we all do less than our best sometimes, we are all mediocre sometimes.  Which means, sometimes WE are the enemy.

        Let’s take me, for example.  I strive mightily to deliver excellent radio show and blogs.  I don’t always make it…but I do know it when I blow it and I try even harder.  Which means that at least in this area, I’m not settling for mediocre.  But when it comes to mechanical stuff; Whoa!!  I’m way below mediocre.  I hate to quote Woody Allen on anything, but when he wrote, “All things mechanical are alive and after me” he was clearly talking about me.  I think the three deadliest words in the English language are, "some assembly required".  To this day a particular Christmas Eve leaps to mind: I was trying to assemble a bicycle for my son, Scott, and couldn’t make heads or tails of the instructions…which must have been written by a deranged Bangladeshi.  By 3am, I was not only willing to settle for “good enough,” I was praying to get to “good enough!”  When I finally got it sort of together, excellence was the last thing I was thinking about; I was just hoping the wheels wouldn’t fall off when Scott climbed on it.  They didn’t.  And I was satisfied.  It was good enough.  Which makes me what?  Yeah.

        Fact is, I don’t know of anyone living or dead...except Jesus...who excelled in all things.  Even some of the great heroes of the Bible sometimes did less than their best in some areas of their lives.  But they always excelled when it counted…when God called them to perform.  And so it should be with us: we need to focus on what’s most important and give it our best.  Was it important for me to be an excellent bicycle assembler?  No.  Is it really more important to achieve excellence in our hobbies than in our families?  No.  Does God or your boss really want you to settle for “good enough” on the job?  No.  Is your golf game really more import than church?  No.  And most important of all, are we really doing a great job of serving God, spending time with Him and sharing His love with others?  No.

        The first step towards excellence in all these areas is the recognition that we can do better.  Then let's take a step.  And then another.  And then…well you get the idea.  Remember what Aristotle said: "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence is not an act.  It is a habit" 

        Epilogue

        The winner glories in the good; the whiner majors in the mediocre.  A winners' thinking process differs from other peoples. As part of their normal, moment-to-moment stream of consciousness, winners think constantly in terms of I care, I can and I will. Losers concentrate their waking thoughts on...what they should have done...would have done...what they can't do. Wallowing in mediocrity.  When the minds self-talk is positive, performance is more likely to be excellent. The huge majority of our negative doubts and fears are imaginary.  Denis Waitley

        Thought for the Day

        Go out into the world today and love the people you meet. Let your presence light new light in the hearts of people. Mother Teresa


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        Semi-interesting fact

        The Peregrine Falcon is the fastest animal on earth. Many people mistakenly claim that the Cheetah is the fastest animal. The cheetah is the fastest land animal, and the fastest mammal. The cheetah can accelerate from 0 to 45 mph in 2 seconds. It can run at 70 mph for short distances and can run at an average speed of 40 mph. Humans can run at a top speed of 27.9 mph. The Peregrine Falcon is by far and above the fastest animal. It can fly at 217 miles per hour

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        Joke Du Jour

        Adam was returning home late one night at paradise after drinking with the dodo and the unicorn. Eve got angry and yelled at him: "YOU ARE SEEING ANOTHER WOMAN"
        Adam responded: "Don't be silly, you are the only woman on earth" and went to sleep. Later that night Adam woke up. filling a tickle in his chest and saw it was Eve. "What the heck are you doing?" he asked.
        "I'm counting your ribs" she responded.


        Really??  Actual News

        Angel In the Clouds Above Theater Vigil?
          Look at this photo:  do you see what I see?   Crystal Fuller took the photo after the Aurura theater vigil was finished Sunday night, but said she didn’t notice the image of the angel right away.  She says the angel in the clouds was directly above the vigil site for the theater rampage victims…"I noticed it afterwards.  I had it posted and said crazy cloud … one of my friends said it's an angel and I saw it!" said Fuller on Facebook.  The shape of the angel in the clouds appears directly above she said.  The vigil at the Century 16 movie theater in was held to remember the 12 killed in the shooting that happened at the theater Friday morning. What do you think? Can you see it? Chime in via the comment box below.

        Holy Cow!  A dairy farmer's use of the latest moo-bile technology is proving a huge hit at teaching teenagers about her job - after she painted her cow with a code. Jane Barnes, 46, is encouraging people to "zap" her eight-year-old Friesian cow 'Lady Shamrock' with their smart phones.  When they scan the cow's code, visitors are directed to a blog of Lady Shamrock's daily routine and the challenges facing dairy farmers.  Traffic to Lady Shamrock's site has soared by 150 per cent since she was turned into a wacky walking web link.  Visitors learn that Lady Shamrock likes a good back scratch and grazes outdoors in summer but stays indoors in winter.  She produces up to 10 gallons of milk a day at the farm Mrs. Barnes runs with her husband.

        Fearless Felix Skydiver "Fearless Felix" Baumgartner has done it again.  Baumgartner took another stratospheric leap, this time from an altitude of more than 18 miles — an estimated 96,640 feet, nearly three times higher than cruising jetliners. He landed safely near Roswell, N.M. His top speed was an estimated 536 mph, said Brian Utley, an official observer on site.  It's the second  jump for Baumgartner from such extreme heights and a personal best. He's aiming for a record-breaking jump from 125,000 feet, or 23 miles, in another month. He hopes to go supersonic then, breaking the speed of sound with just his body. the 43-year-old Austrian ascended alone in an enclosed capsule lifted by a giant helium balloon that took off from Roswell. He wore a full-pressure suit equipped with parachutes and an oxygen supply — there's virtually no atmosphere that far up. It took about 1½ hours to reach his target altitude; nearly three times higher than cruising jetliners.  He was in free fall for an estimated three minutes and 48 seconds.  Baumgartner used a parachute to land in the desert near Roswell, N.M.  Baumgartner won't come close to space, even on the ultimate jump that's planned for late August or early September. Space officially begins at 62 miles — more than 328,000 feet.  Baumgartner, a former military parachutist and extreme athlete, has jumped more than 2,500 times from planes and helicopters, as well as from skyscrapers and landmarks, including the 101-story Taipei 101 in Taiwan. Baumgartner expects to accelerate to 690 mph on his final plunge.

        Can you spell “t-a-c-k-y?”  A pair of Las Vegas men said they are offering curbside nuptials from the back of their Las Vegas Wedding Wagon van for only $99.  Andy Gonzalez and James Cass, who became ordained to perform weddings on the Internet, said they decided to get a piece of the 7,000 to 9,000 weddings held each month in Las Vegas and chose to take the business mobile, the New York Daily News reported Wednesday.  "We both saw the potential," Gonzalez said. "There could be real money here."  The men said they charge $99 for a 10-minute wedding.  Gonzalez and Cass said the van will drive anywhere in the city to perform the ceremonies.

        Man shot in battle with mouse  A Canadian man accidentally shot himself in the forehead while trying to kill a mouse with the butt of his rifle. Dale Whitmell, 40, of Goulais River, tried to crush the rodent with his weapon at a camp near Wawa, Ontario, but didn't know the gun was loaded.   He got quite a shock when the gun fired, with the bullet grazing his forehead but luckily not causing serious injury. Police say Mr Whitmell was admitted to and released from the hospital, before being charged with careless use of a firearm. A spokesperson said: "He was very lucky."  It's not known what happened to the mouse.

        Common phrases that come from the Bible:

        Can a leopard change it’s spots? Jeremiah 13:23 Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? Then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil.

        Worth a try

        Harvard University researchers say; walking barefoot indoors, even on a treadmill cuts joint strain by 67% compared with wearing sneakers. When you are barefoot, your hips, knees and arches take their share of the weight, but shoes can distort the body’s natural walking motion, forcing your heels to bear the brunt of the shock.

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        Bible Stuff

        The words baptize, baptized, baptizest, baptizeth, baptizing appears in the Bible 77 times.

        Groaner

        How Are a Texas Tornado And a Tennessee Divorce The Same?  Somebody's Gonna Lose A Trailer!

        Point to Ponder

        The things that will destroy us are:

        * Politics without principle.
        * Pleasure without conscience.
        * Wealth without work.
        * Knowledge without character.
        * Business without morality.
        * Science without humanity.
        * And worship without sacrifice.

        Mahatma Gandhi


        Remember, Christianity is more about walking than about talking


        19
        Jul

        Good enough??


        We talked last week about mediocrity and how it can negatively impact every area of our lives. As I said, the battle cry of the mediocre is “GOOD ENOUGH!!”  Which, of course, means it’s not and never will be.  As bad as it is to see mediocrity running our government, our schools, our families and our businesses…it is beyond scary to see it in our churches and in our service to God. The God we serve is NOT a mediocre God.  He didn’t make us to be anything but the very best; or, as someone once said, “God don’t make no junk!”  We, His children, should be striving to do excellent work in everything we do: especially when we’re doing what He’s called us to do.

        So what does “excellent” look like?  For openers, excellence is the polar opposite of mediocre.  The dictionary defines it as:

        excellent  adjective
        1. possessing outstanding quality or superior merit; remarkably good.
        2. extraordinary; superior.

        Synonyms: worthy, estimable, choice, fine, first-rate, prime, admirable.

        Here’s an example of what excellence is NOT:

        Paul Harvey told the story of a woman who called up the Butterball Turkey Company’s consumer hotline and asked about the advisability of cooking a turkey that had been in her freezer for 23 years. The customer service representative told her that it would be okay to eat if the freezer had maintained below zero temperature the entire time, but even so, the flavor would have deteriorated so much it wouldn’t taste very good. Then the caller said, “Oh…that’s what we thought.  We’ll just donate it to the church.
         
        Here’s an example of what excellence IS:

        The opposite end of the spectrum is the name Stradivarius.  It is synonymous with finest violins: excellence personified. This is true because Antonius Stradivarius insisted that no instrument constructed in his shop could be sold until it was as near perfection as human care and skill could make it. Stradivarius observed, "God needs violins to send His music into the world, and if any violins are less than our best, God's music will be spoiled." His work philosophy was summed up in one sentence: "Other men will make other violins, but no man shall make a better one." 

        Over the years, many famous men have talked about excellence:


                  Booker T. Washington:  “Excellence is to do a common thing is an uncommon way”.
        • Aristotle:  "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence is not an act. it is a habit"                                      
        • Thomas  habit"Carlyle: "Let each become all that he was created capable of being."
          Leonardo Da Vinci: "I have offended God and mankind because my work didn't reach the quality it should have."
          Isaac Disraeli: "It is a wretched waste to be gratified with mediocrity when the excellent lies before us."

           While the thought, “Mediocrity is excellence to the mediocre” may seem clichéd to some, it holds a critical truth: we must realize that we are settling for less before we can reach for more.  Before we can pursue excellence.  And we must reach for more because excellence is a reflection of the God we serve.  Excellence means giving or doing the maximum. Excellence does not happen by accident. The first step towards excellence is to refuse to settle for “good enough.” 

          Gary Inrig says in his book, A Call to Excellence, “I am thankful that God does not accept the limitations we put on our lives. Mediocrity is never His will for us. He calls us to excellence and challenges us to be more than we thought.”

          Epilogue

          The following sign was posted in a farm equipment repair shop:
          "We do three types of jobs--Cheap, Quick, and Good.  You can have any two.  A good quick job won't be cheap.  A good job cheap won't be quick.  A cheap job quick won't be good."
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        Semi-interesting fact

        The largest single chunk of gold ever found was 4 feet 9 inches long, 3 feet 2 inches wide, and 4 inches thick and weighed 640 pounds.

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        Joke Du Jour


        Miss Jones had been giving her second-grade students a lesson on science. She had explained about magnets and showed how they would pick up nails and other bits of iron.  Now it was question time, and she asked, "My name begins with the letter 'M' and I pick up things. What am I?"

        A little boy on the front row proudly said, "You're a mother!"


        Really??  Actual News

        Surfing goats?
         Beachgoers in California have been getting used to the unusual sight of two goats surfing.  Goatee the nanny goat and her kid billy Pismo stood on surfboards to ride waves at San Onofre State Beach in Orange County.  Their owner, Dana McGregor, initially got Goatee to eat unwanted foliage on his property but soon started taking her out on his surfing trips.  When baby Pismo was born, he started putting him on the board, too.  Then, he teamed up with local surfers to try to get both goats to ride on one surfboard together. They managed to stay upright for a few waves, by which time Goatee had had enough and swam to shore.  Pismo kept his balance and "seemed a natural" on the board. "They did a pretty good job. They caught the first wave and it was pretty good," said McGregor. 

        Stick 'em up!  Two handguns carried by notorious U.S. bank robbers Bonnie and Clyde could bring in $200,000 apiece at auction this fall, the auctioneer predicted.  Bobby Livingston of RR Auction said Clyde Barrow's .45-caliber automatic and a .38-caliber revolver Bonnie Parker had strapped to her leg were the last weapons the pair carried with them before they were shot dead in a police ambush in 1934.  "It doesn't get any closer than this for collectors of history," said Livingston, who will preside over the sale of the guns and other memorabilia from the infamous couple Sept. 30.  "This is one of the finest Bonnie and Clyde collections you will ever see," Livingston says. "We expect the guns should sell anywhere between $100,000 and $200,000. But really the sky is the limit for these types of guns."  Livingston's optimism is based on the $210,000 apiece two other Bonnie-and-Clyde guns sold for earlier this year.  Bonnie and Clyde gained a cult following during the Depression by their seemingly unstoppable streak of bank robberies at a time when banks were not particularly popular among hard-pressed Americans. A new generation discovered their legend in the 1967 hit film "Bonnie and Clyde" starring the glamorous duo of Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway.

        Ugliest football field in America?  Lindenwood University’s new $2.3 million dollar football stadium improvements in Belleville are drawing some national attention and not all of it is positive.  Specifically the attention is focused on the turf. Scott Spinner, Director of Athletics says he knew the maroon and gray alternating five yard stripes would attract attention. A Yahoo Sports story Wednesday called the just-completed field hideous and an abomination to sports.  He says they consulted with a few Lindenwood players before deciding to move forward with the project.  And how do the athletes feel about playing on a field the Yahoo sports writer said looked like a flattened out barbershop pole?  Spinner says they’re really excited about it adding they (the players) believe it’s going to set their program apart from others and they’re ecstatic about it  The team’s first home football game ever in the new stadium on the striped field is September first against Avila.

        A touching tribute  A devoted farmer created this touching heart-shaped meadow as a tribute to his late wife - by planting thousands of oak trees.  Dedicated Winston Howes, 70, planted each oak sapling after his wife Janet died suddenly died from heart failure 17 years ago.  He laid out the fledgling trees in a six-acre field but left a perfect heart shape in the middle - with the point facing in the direction of her childhood home.  The labor of love has now blossomed into a mature meadow - a peaceful oasis where Winston can sit and remember his wife of 33 years. His meadow cannot be seen from the road and has remained a family secret until a hot air balloonist took this photograph from the air.  Mr Howes said: "I came up with the idea of creating a heart in the clearing of the field after Janet died.  "I thought it was a great idea - it was a flash of inspiration - and I planted several thousand oak trees. "Once it was completed we put seat in the field, overlooking the hill near where she used to live. I sometimes go down there, just to sit and think about things. It is a lovely and lasting tribute to her which will be here for years."  The entrance to the secret heart is only accessible from a track leading up to its tip.

        Common phrases that come from the Bible:

        "A drop in the bucket" 
        Isaiah 40:15 "Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing."

        Worth a try

        Ease back pain by eating pineapple.  Just a cup of fresh chunks or one glass of juice is all you need. Pineapple contains high amounts of manganese; an important building block for collagen, the fibrous structure that helps support and protect your back.

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        Bible Stuff


        The following words appear only once in the Bible:   Reverend (Psalms 111:9), Eternity (Isaiah 57:15), and Grandmother (2 Timothy 1:5).

        Groaner

        What is one of the first things that Adam and Eve did after they were kicked out?  They started raising Cain.

        Point to Ponder

        A large group of European pastors came to one of D. L. Moody’s Northfield Bible Conferences in Massachusetts in the late 1800s. Following the European custom of the time, each guest put his shoes outside his room to be cleaned by the hall servants overnight. But of course this was America and there were no hall servants.

        Walking the dormitory halls that night, Moody saw the shoes and determined not to embarrass his brothers. Moody gathered up the shoes, and, alone in his room, the world’s most famous evangelist began to clean and polish the shoes. Only the unexpected arrival of a friend in the midst of the work revealed the secret.

        When the foreign visitors opened their doors the next morning, their shoes were shined. They never know by whom. Moody told no one, but his friend told a few people, and during the rest of the conference, different men volunteered to shine the shoes in secret. Perhaps the episode is a vital insight into why God used D. L. Moody as He did. He was a man with a servant’s heart and that was the basis of his true greatness.

        Remember, Christianity is more about walking than about talking

        12
        Jul

        Hooray…we’re #2!


        As I mentioned in the last issue, I’ve delivered hundreds of “Thoughts for the Day” on my radio shows over the years.  But there is one quote that has become my all time favorite.  I got it from a small, mostly rural publication that’s been around since 1862 called Grit.  Somehow a copy ended up on my desk years ago. In one corner, serving as column filler, was this quote: “Remember, mediocrity is excellence to the mediocre.”  Pow!  I immediately recognized the raw truth in that little quote: a truth that impacts every area of our lives.

        Mediocrity is defined as:

        1. of only ordinary or moderate quality; neither good nor bad; barely adequate:
        2. not satisfactory; poor; inferior: Mediocre construction makes that building dangerous. Synonyms: meager, low-quality, second-rate; so-so.

        Somehow, way too many folks have come to believe that mediocrity is acceptable; that it’s okay…that it’s adequate.  And since that’s mostly what we see, it becomes the standard we shoot for.  In our business or professional lives, this misconception about mediocrity is wide spread: managers, bureaucrats and workers strive for what they believe to be excellence but isn’t.  It’s mediocrity.  The two deadliest words in business are “good enough”… the minute you hear those words, you know it isn’t; and that you’ve found one of the mediocre people.  And sadly, America as a nation, has become too easily satisfied with mediocrity.

        Don’t misunderstand; mediocrity isn’t reserved just for business.  We are reaping the harvest of decades of mediocre parenting in our justice system, our divorce courts are filled with the fruit of mediocre marriages, and our government administration is one giant mess of mediocrity…at best!  And then there’s the Church.

        Unfortunatly, the Church is riddled with it. The Bible speaks to mediocre Christians in Revelation 3:16

        “But because you are lukewarm—neither hot, nor cold — I am ready to spit you out of my mouth.”

        Do we have to settle for lukewarm?  For mediocrity?  Of course not!  We’re born with the ability to excel! It’s up to each of us to choose: do we settle for being less than God intended?  Or do we aim higher?  And I’m not talking about building bigger, better buildings.

        Chuck Swindoll, in his book, "Living Above the Level of Mediocrity," says: “The invisible dividing line between mediocrity and excellent life is evident in many people today. Everywhere, you can find people who after several trials and failures resolve to accept the status quo and believe the voice of lies that they just can’t do it anymore.
        Everywhere, I can see people who are quitters!  But the word of God has a message of hope for you and there is nothing that is impossible with God. If you want to break through across the line of mediocrity! If you want to experience the freedom from the slavery of sinful life!”  So how about we change that "Thought for the Day" to:

        “Remember, mediocrity is excellence to the mediocre.  The God we serve is NOT a mediocre God.  Let's strive for excellence!”

        Epilogue


        Chuck Swindoll tells about a church in the Soviet Union a few years ago that was forced to meet secretly because the holding of house church services was illegal.   They tried to be as inconspicuous as possible as they gathered on Sunday to worship the Lord, so they came at different times and casually walked into the house until they had all arrived. Then they would close the doors, pull the curtains, and quietly worship the Lord.

        But one Lord’s Day, right in the midst of their worship service, two soldiers broke into the room, and at gunpoint lined the Christians up against the wall. One shouted, "If you wish to renounce your faith in Jesus Christ, leave now!" 
        Two or three quickly left, then another, and then two more. Again the soldier spoke, "This is your last chance. Either leave now and renounce your faith in Christ, or stay and suffer the consequences." Another left, and then another, almost hiding their faces in shame as they went out. But the rest stood their ground, children standing beside their parents, trembling, some even crying as their parents stood with their hands in the air, fully expecting to be gunned down or imprisoned. 

        After all had left who chose to flee, the other soldier closed the doors, looked back at those who stood against the wall and said, "Keep your hands up - but this time in praise to our Lord Jesus Christ. We, too, are Christians."  The two soldiers explained that some time earlier they had been sent to another house church to arrest the Christians there. But in the process, they had heard the gospel and had accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior, too. But they explained, "We have learned that unless people are willing to die for their faith, they cannot be fully trusted."


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        Semi-interesting fact

        You're more likely to get stung by a bee on a windy day that in any other weather.

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        Joke Du Jour

        At Sunday School they were teaching how God created everything, including human beings. Art, a child in the Kindergarten class, seemed especially intent when they told him how Eve was created out of one of Adam's ribs. Later in the week his mother noticed him lying down as though he were ill, and asked him what was the matter.

        Art cried, "My side hurts really bad - I think I'm having a wife."


        Really??  Actual News

        How about a banana flavor patch?
          At Indonesia's Taru Jurug Zoo, a popular orangutan named Tori is being forced to butt out her addiction to cigarettes. So how exactly does a 15-year-old orangutan gain access to nicotine sticks, one might ask? From the visitors, of course.  Zoo management has long tried to stamp out her love for smoking, but visitors continue to assist her by tossing lit cigarettes into her cage.  Tori even puts her fingers to her lips to signal that she wants a smoke. Those who don't comply get things thrown at them.  Staff at the zoo, with the help of the Center for Orangutan Protection, are finally taking concrete action.  They are planning to move her to a small island in the middle of the Central Java zoo’s lake where she can kick the habit and be kept away from visitors who don't seem to realize that a smoking orangutan isn't cool.

        I shot an arrow in the sky…no wait, it’s a bullet!   Richard Smeraldo, 74, of Clearwater, Fla., had gone with his family to watch the fireworks at a Marina. But as Smeraldo craned his head upward to take in the show, he experienced a strange sensation.    Smeraldo said he was struck by a bullet that had traveled an unusual path. It went through the bill of his baseball hat, hit his nose, went through his nostril, hit his lip, and traveled through his chin.  "It came straight down like someone had shot it up in the air," he said. "There are three new holes in my face I didn't have before," Smeraldo said.  The bullet was on its way down to his chest, but hit a silver dog-tag medallion Smeraldo had recently started wearing around his neck instead, splitting its chain and falling to the ground.  Smeraldo said the flat, dog tag-sized silver pendant was a gift to him from his daughter.  He had it engraved two weeks ago with a Bible verse in memory of his mother, and put it on a stainless steel chain. The verse is from Matthew 17:20: "Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you."   Smeraldo received four stitches, then went home. "At least four people said I should buy a lotto ticket," Smeraldo said

        Ring around a cheater  A Vancouver-based Web site is marketing an anti-infidelity wedding ring that leaves the imprint of the words "I'm married" on the wearer's finger.  TheCheeky.com is selling the titanium bands, which have the letters carved into the inside of the wedding band to leave an imprint on the wearer's finger, for $550 "With Arnold, Tiger and two-timing IMF guy in mind, we have created this wedding ring for people intent on cheating," the company said on its Web site.  The ring received a lot of attention from Twitter users.  "Who would ever buy this? Least romantic wedding ring ever," one user wrote. "I'm just saying that if either of you are considering these, then you should probably reconsider marriage, period."

        Cleaning up in style  If anyone buys their latest product - a $1million gold vacuum cleaner. The GoVacuum GV62711 is described as a one-of-a-kind, commercial grade, 24k gold plated cleaning machine "that will impress with its power, lightweight, and its ability to vanquish pet hair, fur, grime, dust mites and other debris with ease". And the cleanliness-lovely super-rich will get a bargain if they act fast as the pricey dustbuster is on sale for an offer price of $900,000 - with free delivery. Maryland-based Go Vacuum explain: "If you're the type of discerning person who has a yacht in the ocean, and a rare exotic car in your garage alongside your private jet, you're the perfect customer for the one of the most exclusive products ever created."

        Granny’s a cookie monster!   The incident happened in Murrieta, Calif. Authorities said the grandmother, who has been diagnosed with cancer, had a doctor’s recommendation for marijuana to treat her pain and to help her sleep.  Police Sgt. Phil Gomez said the grandmother had baked THC oil -- the active ingredient in marijuana -- into a batch of cookies and tucked them away in a garage refrigerator, only to have her grandson help himself to the baked treats. The boy's family called an ambulance on Saturday morning when he didn't wake up after sleeping more than 16 hours. It wasn't until the child was at the hospital that connection between the cookies and his long nap was made.  No one has been arrested and the incident is still under investigation. Family members could face child endangerment charges, although police noted that except for the pot cookies, the child seemed well cared for.  “It’s unfortunate that they didn’t take better steps to keep those cookies out of reach of the child.”  The grandmother claims she’s not going to make them ever again.”

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        Total Chapters in the Bible -- 1189

        Groaner

        Sign on Closed Nuclear Power Plant... "Gone Fission"

        Point to Ponder

        Joe Theismann enjoyed an illustrious 12-year career as quarterback of the Washington Redskins. He led the team to two Super Bowl appearances--winning in 1983 before losing the following year. When a leg injury forced him out of football in 1985, he was entrenched in the record books as Washington's all-time leading passer. Still, the tail end of Theismann's career taught him a bitter lesson: I got stagnant. I thought the team revolved around me. I should have known it was time to go when I didn't care whether a pass hit Art Monk in the 8 or the 1 on his uniform. When we went back to the Super Bowl, my approach had changed. I was griping about the weather, my shoes, practice times, everything. Today I wear my two rings--the winner's ring from Super Bowl XVII and the loser's ring from Super Bowl XVIII. The difference in those two rings lies in applying oneself and not accepting anything but the best. 

        Remember, Christianity is more about walking than about talking




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        In A Nutshell


        Over the years of doing a daily radio show, I’ve become somewhat known for, among other things, having a different “Thought for the Day” in every show.  I am constantly on the lookout (and listen-out) for interesting thoughts that I can use and that the audience will enjoy.  I try to find a balanced mix of humorous, serious, inspirational and spiritual quotes to use.  Many of them come from the writings of famous folks like Will Rogers, C.S. Lewis, Churchill, and Edison.  Others come from show business, comedy, political and diplomatic figures.  Some come from famous folks…some from unknowns.  Some, I make up myself. 

        One thing they all have in common: they each make a point.  Each is intended to deliver a message.  Whether the message is contained in a humorous wrapping (“A closed mouth gathers no feet”) or in a serious one (“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”  Albert Schweitzer) the goal is the same: deliver a message. Whether listeners retain anything else from my show, odds are they’ll remember a “Thought for the Day.”  It’s a mini-sermon, if you will; “Wisdom in a Nutshell.”

        I spend a good bit of time in the selection process.  Over the years, I have shared hundreds upon hundreds of these quotes with my listeners and they seem to really like them.  In fact, when I meet listeners in person I am often asked to name a favorite. The truth is I like all of them but several do come to mind when we talk about my favorites.  Below are some of them:

        • “The problem with the rat race is that, even when you win, you’re still a rat.”

        • “When anyone tells you that it’s not the money, it’s the principle… bet on it: it’s the money.”

        • "No man stands so tall as when he stoops to help a child." Abraham Lincoln.

        • “Always remember you're unique, just like everyone else.”

        • “A camel is a horse built by committee.”

        • "Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work." Thomas Edison

        • “Good judgment comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgment.” Will Rogers

        • If you’re not as close to God as you used to be, ask yourself who moved.

        • God gave us twice as many ears as mouths for a reason.

        Each of these little nuggets contains a truth…”Wisdom in a Nutshell.”  Wiser men than me have said that brevity is the soul of wit.  Hopefully, it’s also the soul of remembrance.  Next week; my all-time favorite “Thought for the Day.”

        Epilogue

        Former president Calvin Coolidge was known as a man of few words. Once, at a White House dinner, a woman approached Coolidge and said, "Mr. President, I have a bet with a friend that I can get you to say at least three words." Coolidge looked at her and said, "You lose." 


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        Joke Du Jour

        A drunk walked into a bar and, after staring for some time at the only woman seated at the bar, walked over to her and kissed her. She jumped up and slapped him silly. He immediately apologized and explained, "I'm sorry. I thought you were my wife. You look exactly like her."

        "Why you worthless, insufferable, wretched, no good drunk!" she screamed.

        "Funny," he muttered, "you even sound exactly like her."


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        He’s got the blues 
        Toby, a blue lobster caught in waters off the coast, is said to be a 1-in-2-million exception to the rust-colored norm.  He has been staying in his own container in Martin's Fish Co.'s lobster tank since the crew of the Pot Luck fishing boat brought him in with  a catch.  "We like to name all our lobsters," manager Ginger Nappi said while people gathered around the tank, checking out Toby.  Nappi picked up Toby and another lobster to display that the azure-colored specimen's underside is also paler than most of his counterparts.  "We've been living here a long time, and we've never seen anything like that," Pat Cooke said.  Captain Guorley said he decided to donate Toby to the National Aquarium's Washington location.  Until staffers come to pick him up, Toby will stay in the tank at Martin's.  "I figured that would be the best thing to (do) with it," he said. "What am I gonna get — seven bucks for the thing, a pound-and-a-half lobster?  I'd rather see them take it and, hopefully, they can raise it."  Toby is blue because of a genetic variation that shows up in about one of every 2 million born that causes the lobster to produce an excessive amount of a particular protein that gives it that pigmentation, according to the University of Maine Lobster Institute.

        Wedding dress on a roll  A US woman has won a toilet paper wedding dress contest for the second year running with a stunning outfit made from 10 jumbo rolls.  Susan Brennan, from Orchard Lake, Michigan, scooped the equivalent of nearly $1700 in prize money.  She said it took her just a week to make the dress for the competition, run by the Cheap-Chic-Weddings.com website."I wanted something really original, something young brides would want to wear," the 26-year-old designer said."It has the high-low hems, so your shoes can show, really fun back. So really fun with the cutouts very modern and it's my little bohemian cupcake."

        What a croc It took about 100 people to pull the crocodile to a clearing and
        it was big enough to swallow three men all at once,' says the local mayor. It weighs one ton and is believed responsible for eating at least one fisherman, but this monster crocodile has finally been caught by 100 very cautious men.  Measuring 21ft from snout to tail, the massive creature is the largest crocodile captured alive in recent years.  The beast was caught, after a three-week hunt  in the Philippines by villagers who had lived in fear of it for more than 20 years.  However, when a village fisherman went missing and the crocodile became the chief suspect, plans were hatched to catch it.  It was placed under observation and when it was witnessed by several villagers killing a water buffalo they knew their suspicions were right.  It is expected to be the star attraction at a new eco-tourism park that is being set up in Agusan.  'It will be the biggest star of the park,' said Mr Elorde.  'The villagers, of course, are very happy that they have been able to turn this dangerous crocodile from a threat into an asset.'

        Does he have to cut off an ear? Elephants never forget, and that means they never forget about their own kind, especially when they need a little help. Shanti, an elephant at the Prague Zoo, is creating and selling original works of art in a fund-raising effort to help other elephants in need.  Shanti had her first art opening this month when a Czech gallery displayed her colorful and abstract creations. The profits from Shanti's paintings went to aid an elephant zoo in Sri Lanka. Specifically, the money from the masterpieces helped purchase an ultrasound device. The Prague Zoo hopes this is the first of many opportunities for Shanti's creative work to go to good use. The zoo is known for its unusual but amusing fund-raising tactics. Last year, the zoo sold visitors elephant dung that could be used as fertilizer

        Sinner Webb Simpson, who won today's U.S. Open golf tournament, has a Twitter bio that describes him as a "*sinner* loved by a Savior."  Simpson, who trailed by four entering the final day, beat Michael Thompson and Graeme McDowell by one stroke. He studied religion at Wake Forest University and hosts a Youth for Christ Challenge golf tournament.  "It was a cool day. I had a peace all day," Simpson told reporters. “I probably prayed more on the last three holes than I’ve ever done in my life, and that kept me calm and got me home in 2 under.  “I’d be stupid not to thank my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, because it was tough out there and I was nervous, and I felt his presence all day,” he told CBN.  In an interview with Beliefnet's Chad Bonham, Simpson described how faith directly plays into golf ethics.  “Our deposit of the Holy Spirit living inside of us, more than anything, has allowed me to make those tough decisions. It’s happened probably 10 times in my life where I had to make certain calls and call penalty shots on myself. For me, it’s not as much the nature of the game but the fact that the Holy Spirit is prompting me to call a penalty on myself. Within our own nature, we don’t want to call a penalty on ourselves. We want to see how much we can get away with. That’s been a part of every tough decision I’ve made in golf.”  On the course, Web has TITUS 3:3-7 stitched on his caps.

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        Gabriel, Michael, and Lucifer are the three angels mentioned by name in the Bible. (Raphael is the name of another angel, mentioned in the Apocalypse).

        Groaner
        What kind of coffee was served on the Titanic?   Sanka.

        Point to Ponder

        In Elmer Bendiner's book, “The Fall of Fortresses,” he describes one bombing run over the German city of Kassel: Our B-17 was barraged by flak from Nazi antiaircraft guns. That was not unusual, but on this particular occasion our gas tanks were hit. Later, as I reflected on the miracle of a twenty-millimeter shell piercing the fuel tank without touching off an explosion. On the morning following the raid, our crew chief said that not just one shell but eleven had been found in the gas tanks--eleven unexploded shells.  Only one would have blown us out of the sky. It was as if the sea had been parted for us. Even after thirty-five years, so awesome an event leaves me shaken. The shells had been sent to the armorers to be defused.  Apparently when the armorers opened each of those shells, they found no explosive charge. They were clean as a whistle and just as harmless. Empty. But not all of them.

        One contained a carefully rolled piece of paper. On it was a scrawl in Czech. Eventually, they found one to translate the note. It set us marveling.  Translated, the note read: "This is all we can do for you now.” Czech slave laborers inside a munitions plant had saved us. 

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