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Rural Viewpoints with Jimmy Cook

Digging Pits PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
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Here is a proverb on wisdom: “He that diggeth a pit shall fall into it…” (Ecclesiastes 10:8). Digging a pit is hard, but falling into it and getting out is even more difficult. The wrong act leads to trouble. One may dig a pit to ensnare another, but he may very well fall into it himself.

“We Held Hands All Day”- Getting Rid of Bias PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
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During the Civil Rights years, a first-grade white girl met a black girl on school’s first day. Because of segregation, the white girl had not associated with black people. But things changed, and integration made both little girls afraid. When the white girl returned home after that historic day, she told her mother that she sat next to a black girl in school. Her mother was tensed, anticipating the worst. She asked her little girl what happened. The child said, “We were both so scared that we held hands all day.” The problems of our day would move toward resolution if we could learn from these little girls and hold hands rather than making fists.

Throwing Rocks at Each Other PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
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Why is it that we throw rocks at each other? A few centuries before Christ, a Greek philosopher named Dion used an insightful image to teach a great truth. Here is the image as quoted by Dion in Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations, 14th edition, page 104: “Though boys throw stones at frogs in sport, the frogs do not die in sport, but in earnest.”

Here is the scene, visualize it. Boys are playing on the bank of a pond when suddenly they spot some frogs on a cluster of lily pads. They immediately fill their hands with rocks, taking aim at the frogs. Some dive for safety. Others are hit and die a painful death.

I don’t Worry PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
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“I have a mountain of credit card debt,” one man told another.

“I have lost my job. My car is being repossessed and our house is in foreclosure, but I am not worried about it,” exclaimed his friend. “I’ve hired a professional worrier. He does all my worrying for me, and that way I don’t have to think about it.”

“That’s fantastic! How much does your professional worrier charge for his services?

“$50,000 a year,” he replied.

“$50,000 a year! Where are you going to get that kind of money?”

“I don’t know,” came the reply. “That’s his worry.”

(Contributed by Mike Benson; found online.)

Most of us can’t say, “I don’t worry,” for we do. But according to Jesus, worry is senseless: “ Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?” –Mathew 6:2

Teacher son to give a kidney to his father PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
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The following human interest story is about the struggles and hopes of Danny McCaleb. I had Danny in school at RBS High School during the late 70s and into 1980. He was a joy to be around, and that hasn’t changed. Danny grew up, like most of us, in the 50s and 60s, without many material goods, but he never stopped reaching for the stars.

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