On his way to church, a scholar was surprised to see a man in tattered clothes and barefoot. Nevertheless, as a good Christian, he greeted the poor man: "May God give you a good morning!"
The poor man replied cheerfully, "I have never yet had a bad morning."
"Then may God give you good luck!"
"I have never yet had bad luck."
"Well, may God give you happiness!"
"I have never yet been unhappy."
The scholar then asked the man, "Could you please explain yourself to me? I do not understand."
And the poor man replied, "With pleasure! You wish me a good morning, yet I have never had a bad morning. For when I am hungry, I praise God; when I feel cold, or when it is raining or snowing, I praise God; and that is why I have never had a bad morning.
"You wish that God may give me luck. However, I have never had bad luck. This is because I live with God and always feel what he does for me is the best. Whatever God sends me, be it pleasant or unpleasant, I accept with a grateful heart. That is why I have never had bad luck.
"Finally, you wish that God should make me happy. But I have never been unhappy. For all I desire is to follow God's will; I have surrendered my will so totally to
God's will that, whatever God wants, that is what I also want. "That is why I have never been unhappy."
Just as quickly everyone in the room became acutely aware of the stench from those boots and feet. Someone suggested that he be taken to the shower. It was impossible to awaken him. Well, then, carry him to the shower. But he weighed over 200 lbs. Then the seminary student thought of washing the feet where he was. No basin was available, so he went to the kitchen, found a bowl which he filled with warm water. The only soap quickly available was the lemon-scented dish soap, so he put that in the water. Finding a towel, he took the towel and water to the sleeping odoriferous man. Kneeling beside him, he requested that someone take the boots outside to air. Then he began trying to take off the encrusted socks. He finally managed, and sent them to the garbage outside the building. Then one by one, he put the man's feet in the bowl and gently washed away the grime from his feet and ankles. The lemon scent from the soap helped the smell little. The water quickly became black. The seminary student was almost finished when
he happened to glance to see that he was surrounded. He obviously was the center of attention. What would be their response.
Completing his task, he slowly rose. The first face he noticed was a black man who normally wore a scowl. He was smiling, then he saw that everyone else was smiling also. Some who had taken both a mat and a cot, now shared the mat with someone who had none. In a spirit of helpfulness, everyone settled down to sleep, having received the greatest sermon this young preacher might ever preach.
There is a gift of friendship
That God has give to me,
He put you there to help me
With the things I can not see,
A friend is someone special
Who's always there for you,
In good times and in bad
A friend will see you through,
God's the one who gives us friends
This is his special gift,
Our friends are always there
When we need that extra lift,
There are certain things
That only friends can share,
And also when I need you
I know that you'll be there,
You know you have a friend
For you have a friend in me,
I'll always be there to help you
With the things you can not see.
By Melinda Tanner
TOP TEN REASONS TO KEEP YOUR MISMATCHED SOCKS 7/30/14
9. They go so perfectly with your tie dye shirt, cut off jeans and mullet.
8. You just went through the heartache of losing one sock, why make it harder on yourself?
7. You're promoting diversity over conformism. Free the oppressed and unmatched socks!
6. Sew them all together to make a fashionable chemise.
5. Warhead cozies.
4. You have a house elf's sense of style.
3. Great Christmas gifts for Crazy Uncle Louie.
2. Make good sacrifices to the dryer critters who are always hungry for more socks.
1. Keep them in the dryer as bait for the gnomes that stole them. Gnomes are worth a fortune on e-bay these days.
TOP TEN COUNTRY PEARLS OF WISDOM 7/29/14
1. Don't name a pig you plan to eat.
2. Life is not about how fast you run, or how high you climb, but how well you bounce.
3. Keep skunks and bankers at a distance.
4. A bumble-bee is faster than a John Deere tractor.
5. Don't skinny dip with snapping turtles.
6. Never lay an angry hand on a kid or an animal, it just ain't helpful.
7. Teachers, bankers, and hoot owls sleep with one eye open.
8. Words that soak into your ears are whispered, not yelled.
9. Meanness don't happen overnight.
10. Forgive your enemies. It messes with their heads.
TOP 10 WAYS TO KNOW YOU'RE A SENIOR CITIZEN 7/28/14
10. You're the life of the party... even when it only lasts 'till 8 pm.
9. You're very good at opening childproof caps... with a hammer.
8. You're usually interested in going home before you get to where you're going.
7. You're good on a trip for at least an hour without your aspirin, antacid, etc.
6. You're the first one to find the bathroom wherever you go.
5. You're awake many hours before your body allows you to get up.
4. You're very good at telling stories... over and over and over and over...
3. You're aware that other people's grandchildren are not nearly as bright as your own.
2. You're so cared for... long-term care, eye care, private care, dental care...
1. You're not grouchy, you just don't like traffic, waiting, children, telephone, politicians, and nosy DJs who remind you how old you are.