Encouragement

Encouragement

The artist, Benjamin West, tells how he actually became a successful and important painter. When he was young, his mother went out and left him in charge of his sister Sally. In the meantime, little Benjamin discovered bottles of colored ink and began to do Sally’s portrait. A big mess soon developed. Finally, when Ben’s …

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A CONSTANT SOURCE OF GOOD STORIES I make no apology for the fact that I find some of my best illustrations in the anecdotes of the Reader’s Digest. The trick is not using the current issue. Many times I have used a story from the most recent issue and I am greeted after church at …

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Adversity | Care | Concern | Encouragement | Peace | Trial | Unity

ADVERSITY Stopped by a policeman for driving without a taillight, the driver became quite distressed. “Don’t take it so hard,” consoled the officer, “it’s a minor offense.” “That’s not the point,” replied the troubled driver. “What worries me is what’s happened to my wife and my trailer?”

Burden | Care | Church | Edification | Encouragement

WE NEED ONE ANOTHER A young woman was waiting for a bus in a slum area one evening when a rookie policeman approached her. “Want me to wait with you?” he asked. She replied, “Thank you, but that’s not necessary. I’m not afraid.” “Well, then,” he grinned, “would you mind waiting with me?”

Apathy | Busyness | Communication | Encouragement | Fellowship With God | Love | Marriage | Time

GOING THE SECOND MILE A salesman called his wife from a coin-operated phone in a distant city, finished the conversation, said good-bye and replaced the receiver. As he was walking away, the phone rang. He went back and answered it, expecting to be informed of extra charges. But the operator said, “I thought you’d like …

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Criticism | Edification | Encouragement | Family | Forgiveness | Speech

PRIMITIVE FORGIVENESS While civilized cultures are attempting to improve interpersonal communications through many means, consider the Babemba tribes of southern Africa, where the social structure includes only an elementary criminal code. Apparently, the lack of fixed rules to enforce justice stems from close community living, which never made such laws necessary. Brian Sharpe, our red-bearded …

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