Jack’s Winning Words 5/20/16
“Keep raising your hands.” (Mona Hanna-Attisha) These words were spoken to the graduates of Mich State Univ recently by Dr Mona (who pinpointed the water problem in Flint, Mi). Hands are raised by those who volunteer, who ask questions and by those who have statements to make. This world is better off because of the hand-raisers. Hand-sitters are “a dime a dozen.” I’m always glad to hear of someone who offers challenges to young people. ;-) Jack
FROM DR PHIL: Jack, Morning. And we raise our hands to give Glory to God. Have a great day.
====JACK: I'm in favor of that! It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood.
FROM RJP IN NAPLES: Refer to the poem Leaners and lifters.............I am sure you still remember it.====JACK: Yes, I know it. "Two Kinds of People" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
There are two kinds of people on earth today,
Two kinds of people, no more, I say.
Not the good or the bad, for 'tis well understood,
The good are half bad and the bad are half good.
Not the happy and sad, for the swift-flying years
Bring each man his laughter and each man his tears.
Not the rich and the poor, for to count a man's wealth
You must first know the state of his conscience and health.
Not the humble and proud, for in life's busy span
Who puts on vain airs is not counted a man.
No! The two kinds of people on earth I mean
Are the people who lift, and the people who lean.
Wherever you go you will find the world's masses
Are ever divided into these two classes.
And, strangely enough, you will find, too, I wean,
There is only one lifter to twenty who lean.
This one question I ask. Are you easing the load
Of overtaxed lifters who toil down the road?
Or are you a leaner who lets others bear
Your portion of worry and labor and care?
FROM TARMART REV: A good illustration and point!! We raise our in church in ways of expressing surrender and allegiance to God during our worship and praise times . . . I'm sure He is pleased then too as well when raised later in volunteer service to others in His name!!====JACK: I suppose it's common to wave hands during the AG Church worship service. Lutherans are into that kind of thing. They're also not into shouting out, Amen, either.====REV: ...always interesting watching the former Lutherans and Roman Catholics acclimating into the charismatic style of worship . . . hands will come out somewhat straight forward, with their elbows bent at waist high, next, their hands will be raised at an height around their head and then finally for those jumping into it full flavored, their hands are found raised high above their heads. I suppose you have the reversed with those coming from the charismatic style to the liturgical?!====JACK: I had a charismatic once who joined our church. He had a difficult time accepting the idea of "grace", because he had always been told that he was not good enough.
FROM MY CHALDEAN FRIEND: Her mother Mrs. Talia Hanna was an ESL teacher at WBHS from 1998 to 2008.====JACK: I did not know that, but it was announced at the Michigan Week breakfast this morning when Dr Mona was being honored.
FROM ME IN NEWPORT BEACH: Like this one.====JACK: I like commencement speakers who give practical advice. I heard one who quoted Dr Seuss..."You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You're on your own, and you know what you know. And you are the guy who'll decide where to go."
FROM AW IN ILLINOIS: Good one. Suits my Christian understanding.====JACK: When the Lord asked, "Who will go for us?" Isaiah raised his hand and said, "Here am I. Send me!" The Lord likes hand raisers.