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Philippians 2:4

The Good Samaritan

The story is told of a little boy who came home from Sunday school after learning about the good Samaritan. His mother, as was her custom, asked what the teacher talked about in class that morning. The lad related the parable in great detail. He had all the facts straight and all the people in their right character roles. Then she inquired, “And what is that story meant to teach us? Why did Jesus tell it?” The little boy replied immediately, “It means that when we are in trouble others should come to help us.”

D.J.D., Our Daily Bread, Friday, August 22

1984 Olympics

During the TV coverage of the 1984 summer Olympic Games a commercial featured world record holder Bob Beamon. He recalled, “Back in the Olympic Games of 1968, I set a world record in the long jump. At the time, some people said no one would ever jump that far again (29’ 2.5”). Well, over the years I’ve enjoyed sitting in front of my television set and watching them try. But now there’s a new kid, I’m told, who might have a chance of breaking my record. Well, there’s just one thing I have to say about that.” At this point the viewer is set up for some kind of self-centered, defiant comment. Instead, Beamon’s face softened, and in a most believable way he said, “I hope you make it, kid.”

Source unknown

Friendly Employees

Mamie Adams always went to a branch post office in her town because the postal employees there were friendly. She went there to buy stamps just before Christmas one year and the lines were particularly long. Someone pointed out that there was no need to wait on line because there was a stamp machine in the lobby. “I know,” said Mamie, ‘but the machine won’t ask me about my arthritis.”

Bits and Pieces, December, 1989, p. 2.