Jack’s Winning Words 10/2/15
“Don’t think there are no crocodiles because the water is calm.” (Malayan Proverb) The crocodile first appeared on earth 55 million years ago. A TV show, produced in England, was called, “Swimming With Crocodiles.” That’s not for me. But today’s proverb is not about the crocodile; it’s about being wary of unseen dangers. That’s why we get flu shots; that’s why we’re on the alert for scams. Have you been swimming among any crocodiles lately? ;-) Jack
FROM TARMART REV: I'm curious how many were swimming with them 55 million years ago?! Did anyone wear alligator boots or carry alligator purses back then?====JACK: Evidently that was before Adam and Eve, so there was no need for shoes or purses.
FROM HAWKEYE GEORGE: The water was calm in OR before that man shot all those people at the college.====JACK: Good analogy. Supposedly, he asked each one (before he pulled the trigger), "Are you a Christian?" In such a situation, is truth required?====GEORGE: It depends on the situation. If asked that in Japan in WW II, I would say yes. In Columbine I would say yes. In a holdup I might not.====JACK: In Oregon? I don't know that a "truthful" answer is required when face to face with a deranged killer with a gun.
FROM RI IN BOSTON: That's a great proverb. In recent months I have felt like I'm up to my armpits in alligators. I'm "paddling" as fast as I can but don't seem to be evading them.====JACK: I've read that sometimes splashing in the water attracts them. Maybe the solution is to stay calm until they swim away and the danger passes.====RI: Yeah...in my case maybe I should just let things go for a while. Things may resolve themselves.
FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL: no thanks! I like staying on dry land... we did have a near miss with a croc some years ago in the Florida Everglades. too long a story to tell here but it was a bit scary. we were in a place where apparently we should not have been! somebody was looking out for us.====JACK: Someone recently wrote and told me about a snake that swallowed a crocodile. So, watch out for the snakes, too!
FROM RS IN TEXAS: Sometimes I think life is like swimming with crocodiles - you never know when one will decide to introduce themselves. The Boy Scout motto is good - Be Prepared. Prayer is usually pretty good too.........Yea though I swim with the crocodiles I shall fear no evil for Thou art with me.............. ====JACK: Have you seen the Message Bible? It sounds as though you've been reading it.
FROM TAMPA SHIRL: Hopefully not. The crocodile hunter was a favorite of my grandchildren until he met his sad demise.====JACK: That was sad. He was stung by a stingray. I read that his final words wer, "I'm dying."