Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Jack’s Winning Words 5/3/16
“Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world.  For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.”  (Margaret Mead)  Time magazine recently named the 100 Most Influential People in the World Today.  Among those are Pope Francis, Rula Ghani, Tom Frieden, Mellody Hosbon and Mona Hanna-Attisha.  They have this in common—they’re people who care about others.  Mona lives in my town.  I’m sure that there are caring people where you live, too.    ;-)  Jack

FROM HONEST JOHN:  If Margaret Mead thinks that there are only a few caring people in the world and that she is one of them, she is full of beans and an egomaniac besides.====JACK:  I see MM saying that a few people CAN change the world, similar to the thought behind the mustard seed parable.  Scanning The "Time List," most of the 100 are political leaders.  I tried to pick out a few who made the list, because they are caring people.  My church experience has been that "a few" in the congregation really make it go...but, of course, all are important.====JOHN:  The "few" stopped the Persians at Thermopylae but did not prevail....the combined forces prevailed at Marathon....we need the many....and, I have found that most are caring people....maybe not in MM's cause but they are caring people.    Sometimes we get so caught up in our cause that we dismiss the good work of others.====JACK:  Another example is the little Dutch boy who put his finger in a hole in a dike where water was leaking through.  You may have used that story in one of your children's messages.

FROM FACEBOOK LIZ:  👍🏻====JACK:  "Thumbs up" seems to have originated in ancient Rome.  It the crowd gave that sign, the gladiator was spared.  "Thumbs down" meant that he would be killed.  We all like to see the first sign.

FROM TARMART REV:  Have blessed by many myself over the years . . . one or two to say the least have come from West Bloomfield, MI!====JACK:  This world generally thinks that bigger is better.  In the church world it doesn't always work that way.  Some smaller congregations have done some pretty effective work in "the Lord's vineyard."  The work you and your AG people did in WB is an example of that.  Daring to witness by worshiping in a  synagogue is just one example.  Sending the pastor to witness in a mall is another.

FROM DAIRYLAND DONNA:  One of my favorite quotes of all time - always!====JACK:  CARE  got it's start 70 years ago after WW 2, when a few charities decided to cooperate in putting together packages of food and clothing to be sent to people who were suffering as a result of what the war had done to Europe.  CARE stands for Cooperative for American Remittances to Europe.  In the years since, this small "idea" has expanded into a worldwide program to help the needy.

FROM LOUGAM:  Double negative...====JACK:  Some people are like that...more than just negative...double negative.  But, not you!

FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY:  Perhaps there were others much more important than Mead but I haven't read the list yet.  Most of the caring people in our lives have just been there for us; including family, friends and fellow Christians at church.  We sponsor a little boy, Muslim, in Sri Lanka.  His father sent us a letter once expressing his thanks and love for his son and our relationship.  His mother just sent a letter saying she was his mother there and I was his mother here.  It's very humbling to know someone you don't know or perhaps will never meet prays and loves you as you do them.  It's life changing for both of us!

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