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I am only an average man, but, by George, I work harder at it than the average man.
Theodore Roosevelt

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Every man is guilty of all the good he didn't do.     Voltaire

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"I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have."        Thomas Jefferson 

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After all is said and done, a lot more will be said than done.     Anonymous

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Hell is full of good meanings and wishings.          George Herbert

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****•It is not the critic who counts; not the one who points out how the strong person stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the person who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by the dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, and comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself or herself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he or she fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his or her place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.           Theodore Roosevelt

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Object Lessons:

Did you ever compare your Christian service to silverware? All silverware is made to serve, but the different pieces serve in different ways.

Forks stab.  "This is mine," they say.  Bits of meat, carrots, pickles, salad and cheese.  "This, this and this are mine," says the fork. "Everything for me, me, me."  And soon every last morsel on the plate has been pinned by the spear of the selfish fork.

Knives cut.  "Too big," says the knife.  Slice.  Cut.   Chop.  Dice. Everything must change its shape to satisfy the whim of the knife. Nothing is right as it is.  Everything needs paring down, carving or

Spoons serve:  cereal, soup, peas -- all the impossible foods can be handled comfortably from the smooth bowl of the spoon.  Spoons say, "Here, let me help you.  We can manage together."
                         -- Author Unknown

Thermostat or Thermometer page 12

Baking Powder: raises the bread -- does no good when it is isolated by itself and reacts alone

tools to be used by God

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The Ugly Old Hat

The Bucket and the Dipper Parable

The Mansion - By Henry van Dyke

Story of man dying - hell was a place with every one having food but couldn't eat. Heaven -- was a place just like hell but everyone fed each other.

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Do All the Good You Can
By John Wesley
Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can, In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.

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Do It Anyway

"People are unreasonable, illogical and self-centered;
        love them anyway.
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives;
        do good anyway.
If you're successful, you win false friends and make true enemies;
        try to succeed anyway.   
The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow;
        be good anyway.
Honesty and frankness will get you nowhere; they make you vulnerable;
        be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend days building may be destroyed overnight;
        do it anyway.
People really need help but they attack you if you try to help them;
        try anyway.
Give the world the best you have and you get kicked in the mouth;
        give the world the best you have anyway."

------- Dr. Kent M. Keith -------


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I Have Wept in the Night

Author Unknown

I have wept in the night

For the shortness of sight

That to somebody's need made me blind;

But I never have yet felt a tinge of regret

For being a little too kind.

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