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July 22, 2010 - July 28, 2010 THE PASTOR’S CAT
This particular story just made me laugh. Every time I think about it, the vision of that poor cat just amuses me to no end. Hope the story leaves a bright spot in your day. Whoever said the Cre- ator doesn’t have a sense of humor?
Dwight Nelson recently told a true story about the pastor of his church. He had a kitten that climbed up a tree in his backyard and then was afraid to come down. The pastor coaxed, offered warm milk, etc.
The kitty would not come down. The tree was not sturdy enough to climb, so the pastor de- cided that if he tied a rope to his car and pulled it until the tree bent down, he could then reach up and get the kitten.
That’s what he did, all the while checking his progress in the car. He then figured if he went just a little bit further, the tree would be bent sufficiently for him to reach the kitten. But as he moved the car a little further forward, the rope broke.
The tree went ‘boing!’ and the kitten instantly sailed through the air - out of sight.
The pastor felt terrible. He walked all over the neighborhood asking people if they’d seen a little kitten. No. Nobody had seen a stray kitten. So he prayed, ‘Lord, I just commit this kitten to your keeping,’ and went on about his business.
A few days later he was at the grocery store, and met one of his church members. He happened to look into her shopping cart and was amazed to see cat food. This woman was a cat hater and everyone knew it, so he asked her, ‘Why are you buying cat food when you hate cats so much?’ She replied, ‘You won’t believe this,’ and then told him how her little girl had been begging her for a cat, but she kept refusing. Then a few days before, the child had begged again, so the Mom finally told her little girl, ‘Well, if God gives you a cat, I’ll let you keep it.’ She told the pastor, ‘I watched my child go out in the yard, get on her knees, and ask God for a cat. And really, Pastor, you won’t believe this, but I saw it with my own eyes. A kitten suddenly came flying out of the blue sky, with its paws outspread, and landed right in front of her.’
Never underestimate the Power of God and His unique sense of humor. Anyone can count the seeds in an apple; but only God can count the apples in a seed.
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I once played golf. I don’t mean I played golf once,
but I once played golf. I played a lot. I played for proba- bly twenty years until I realized that I was paying good money to come home mad. As long as I knew I was bad, I had no problem playing for the fun of it. When I began to think I was better and therefore should not slice my drive or three putt; that’s when it became an excuse to let my anger spew. My relaxing hobby turned into an eighteen-hole,
emotional roller coaster that usually ended with frus- tration. So I quit and I’ve not played in several years. But I still like golf and I like to watch the major cham- pionships on television. I will not put in print the amount of hours I sat and
watched the U.S. Open. There will never be anything tangible that can be used against me in the years to come. But let me say, I watched a lot. And then last week, it was the British Open, or what is prop- erly known as “The Open.” And even though I did not watch it as much as the previous major tournament, I did fi nd myself drawn to the South African win- ner whose last name can only be pronounced by a speech pathologist who has been trained in South Af- ricanese. Louis Oosthuizen, a twenty-seven year old, not only won, but did it convincingly by a whopping 7 strokes. And then after his fi nal putt, he proceeded to hug his caddy who is also his golfi ng partner and friend; Zack Rasego. Louis hugged Zack, his caddy who is also his
golfi ng partner and friend… and who is black. Let me write it one more time. Louis, who is white and from South Africa, hugged his caddy, who is also his golfi ng partner and friend, who is also black and from South Africa. Apartheid was once the law in South Africa. It
segregated races. It pitted race against race and man against man. It was not voted out until 1994. Nelson Mandela spent twenty-seven years in prison because of his work against apartheid. Needless to say, South Africa is still battling to overcome the years of racism and prejudice, but they are making headway thanks to young men like Louis and Zack. I really don’t understand racism and prejudice. Oh I understand that we all think of ourselves in some way better than others. It may be because of our social
For several years, a man had been having an affair with an Italian woman. One night, she confided to him that she was pregnant. Not wanting to ruin his reputation or his marriage, he paid her a large sum of money if she would go back to Italy to secretly have the child. Also, if she stayed in Italy to raise the child, he would provide child support until the child turned 18.
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status, education, or position, but we all have some prejudice. What I don’t understand is how grown men and women can look at another grown man or woman and not understand that somewhere down the line; we are brothers and sisters. Our skin may be a dif- ferent tint, but our blood is red and God has created all of us in His image. We all hurt, love, cry, grieve, get discouraged, and have a desire for purpose. We all are a blessed people no matter what color God has chosen to put on our exterior. It simply shows that God must love diversity. The problem with the races comes when we fail
to heed the command that the Lord gave to Paul concerning humility. He said, “Let nothing be done through selfi sh ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.” What if every white man esteemed the Asian bet-
ter than himself? What if every Hispanic esteemed the black man better than himself? What if I looked out for your interests as much as I did mine; and you did that to me? What if that one scripture became the mission of every organization? It really is simple. Some think it is their calling to “make things right!”
And sometimes there is a time to stand up for our rights. But lasting change does not happen when I have stood up for my rights, but when I have stood up for the rights of others. It happens when Louis em- braces Zack and Zack embraces Louis and neither one know who made the fi rst move.
“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change”.
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