When my husband and I showed up at a very popular Chapel Hill* restaurant, it was crowded. I went up to the hostess and asked, "Will it be long?"
The hostess, ignoring me, kept writing in her book. I asked again, "How much of a wait?"
The woman looked up and said, "About ten minutes."
A short time later, we heard an announcement over the loud- speaker: "Willette B. Long, your table is ready."
*Click on pic to read sign in window...
Comment & Forward>>>
"A television commercial portrays a man in a car talking on his cell phone—with the Devil. The man and the Devil banter back and forth; the Devil offers the man riches and power and so on. But the smiling driver refuses each of these offers as he accelerates around a mountainous curve. Admiring his car, he simply says, "I have all that" and hangs up. We now understand what the ad is selling. But I wonder if it is also, not so subtly, selling something else. The commercial seems to say, pleasure is not a spiritual matter; it is something in which you alone are the driver.
King Solomon was a man who had every pleasure the human eye has ever desired, yet he came to a strikingly different conclusion. In the book of Ecclesiastes he wrestles with a question any pleasure-driven culture would do well to ponder. He asks, "What does pleasure really accomplish?"
Solomon personally set out to find the answer to this question, using pleasure as his vehicle. He writes, "I denied myself nothing my eyes desired. I refused my heart no pleasure" (2:10). King Solomon embraced the pleasures of success and power, wine and women, servants and entertainers. He built buildings, expanded his territory and possessed more wealth than any kingdom. And he observed, "My heart took delight in all my work and yet this was the reward for all my labor—when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a mere chasing after the wind. Nothing was gained under the sun" (2:10-11).
Jack Higgins, an accomplished author, was once asked in an interview, "What is it you know now that you wish you'd known as a younger man?" Without even batting an eyelid, he said, "I wish I had known that when you get to the top, there is nothing there."
To borrow from our earlier illustration, when you alone are the driver in your pursuit of pleasure, pleasure will ultimately end up driving you. It will drive you from pleasure to pleasure—each time with the hope of fulfillment. Weariness comes when you realize this seemingly looming fulfillment is quite simply an empty mirage.
Solomon pointedly describes this when he proclaims over and over, "Nothing was gained under the sun." It is that qualifier, "under the sun" which unlocks the answer. It is a Hebraism literally meaning, "Outside of God." It is a potent reminder that when you lock God out of your pursuits everything becomes a chasing after the wind.
Pleasure "under the sun" exudes the promise of refreshing, but in the end is only exhausting, an endless chase of emptiness. The satisfaction you and I seek is fulfilled along the road to Christ. When he is what drives you, pleasure yields new meaning. Jill Carattini
Well, we know all humans are priceless, but seriously, ever wonder how much money the elements found in your body are worth?
Well...when we total the monetary value of the elements in our bodies and the value of the average person's skin, we arrive at a net worth of $4.50!
This value is, however, subject to change, due to stock market fluctuations. Since the studies leading to this conclusion were conducted by the U.S. and by Japan respectively, it might be wise to consult the New York Stock Exchange and the Nikkei Index before deciding when to sell!
The U.S. Bureau of Chemistry and Soils invested many a hard- earned tax dollar in calculating the chemical and mineral composition of the human body, which breaks down as follows:
Additionally, it was discovered that our bodies contain trace quantities of fluorine, silicon, manganese, zinc, copper, aluminum, and arsenic. Together, all of the above amounts to less than one dollar!
Our most valuable asset is our skin, which the Japanese invested their time and money in measuring. The method the Imperial State Institute for Nutrition at Tokyo developed for measuring the amount of a person's skin is to take a naked person, and to apply a strong, thin paper to every surface of his body. After the paper dries, they carefully remove it, cut it into small pieces, and painstakingly total the person's measurements. Cut and dried, the average person is the proud owner of fourteen to eighteen square feet of skin, with the variations. Basing the skin's value on the selling price of cowhide, which is approximately $.25 per square foot, the value of an average person's skin is about $3.50. Please check out John 3:16