Getting Serious

Accomplished gymnast Mary Lou Retton once explained, “Here’s what it takes to be a complete gymnast. Someone should be able to sneak up and drag you out at midnight, push you out on some strange floor, and you should be able to do your entire routine sound asleep in your pajamas. Without one mistake. That’s…

Finding Something To Be Thankful For

A minister was known for always thanking God in his public prayers.  One Sunday morning was particularly terrible and gloomy.  A church member though to himself, “Certainly the preacher won’t thank God for such a terrible day.”  When the preacher got up and began to pray, he said, “We thank Thee, O God, that every…

The Greatest Last Place Finish

The gun fired and hundreds of competitors jumped into motion at the Olympic marathon event in 1968. Spectators watched as the men ran mile after mile. Hours later, the runners began entering the stadium and soon the race was over. The other Olympic events continued for a couple of hours until all the spectators noticed…

No Power Source

A native of a distant mountain village had the opportunity to visit a large modern city. He was utterly amazed by everything he saw. There were so many cars, buses, and other forms of transportation. The roads were wide and smooth. The buildings were enormous. Food, clothing, and other useful items could be bought at…

Just Win Today

In 1933, Bill Knox bowled a perfect 300 game. And he did it without ever seeing the pins. Knox had a screen placed just above the foul line. He could bowl under it, but he couldn’t see past it. So how did he do it? By looking at the marks on the lanes and at…

The Spider Living In A Man’s Ear

The Chinese man felt discomfort in his ear in the middle of the night but just tried to sleep it off. By morning, the discomfort was still there and he was even hearing noises like someone was beating a drum. Wisely, he went into the doctor right away. Doctor Cui Shulin and his nurses took…

Parents In The Pews

It wasn’t just sympathy, it was pure empathy. It was 4 AM as my wife, kids, a friend, and I had been standing in line to check our bags at the airport. For over an hour we had been standing in the Frontier line. This line could have dwarfed even the longest lines at Six…