William Maxwell Aitken, known as Lord Beaverbrook, was a British newspaper publisher in the first half of the 20th century. One day in the washroom of his London club he happened to meet Edward Heath, then a young member of Parliament, about whom he had printed an insulting editorial a few days earlier.
“My dear chap,” said Aitken, who embarrassed by the encounter, “I’ve been thinking it over, and I was wrong. Here and now I wish to apologize.” Continue reading
The late Celestine Sibley was an American author and journalist who wrote a regular column for the Atlanta Constitution for many years. She also wrote 25 books including the award-winning, Children, My Children.
Sibley tells about once taking her three children to a diner for breakfast one morning. It was crowded and they had to take separate seats at the counter. Eight-year-old Mary was seated at the far end of the counter and when her food was served she called down to her mother in a loud voice, “Mother, don’t people say grace in this place?” Continue reading
Haddon W. Robinson, the American author, theologian, and professor, once told a great story of a young lady who approached her preacher about the sin of pride.
“Every Sunday I come to church and look around and think to myself that I am the prettiest girl in the church,” she confessed. “I try to stop but I just can’t.”
Then she asked the preacher,” Am I horribly sinful?” Continue reading
Leroy “Satchel” Paige, was a great African-American baseball pitcher who played in the early to mid-1900’s. Paige, who played before blacks were allowed in the major leagues, is credited for paving the way.
Paige was a showman, a legend in his own time and an incredible athlete who defied age. No one ever knew for sure how old he was, it’s believed he was the oldest rookie in the Majors when he signed with the Cleveland Indians at age 42 in 1948.
Famous for his humorous sayings, Paige once quipped, “Don’t look back, something might be gaining on you!” Continue reading
“Bread today for a brighter tomorrow” is the headline on a web page “Bread for Israel.”
“In the country known as ‘the Land flowing with milk and honey,’ it’s hard to believe that anyone goes hungry. Yet every day, millions of children and adults throughout Israel are facing hunger or food insecurity.” According to this non-profit organization, almost 20% of Israeli families are “suffering from food insecurity.” Almost a third are children. Continue reading
In his book, 10 Natural Laws of Time and Life Management, Hyrum W. Smith relates an exchange during a break with one of his seminar attendees.
“You know, Hyrum, the stuff you’re teaching comes right out of the Bible.”
Smith thought at first the man might be offended. Upon discovering that he wasn’t Smith volunteered to share his personal convictions. Continue reading
C. S. Lewis from his book, “God in the Dock, offers this interesting bit of dialogue regarding prayer.
“Praying for particular things,” said I, “always seems to me like advising God how to run the world. Wouldn’t it be wiser to assume that He knows best?”
“On the same principle,” said he, “I suppose you never ask a man next to you to pass the salt, because God knows best whether you ought to have salt or not. And I suppose you never take an umbrella, because God knows best whether you ought to be wet or dry.” Continue reading