To Illustrate

COMMITMENT

Author and business leader Fred Smith writes: One of my treasured memories comes from a doughnut shop in Grand Saline, Texas. There was a young farm couple sitting at the table next to mine. He was wearing overalls and she a gingham dress. After finishing their doughnuts, he got up to pay the bill, and I noticed she didn't get up to follow him.

But then he came back and stood in front of her. She put her arms around his neck, and he lifted her up, revealing that she was wearing a full-body brace. He lifted her out of her chair and backed out the front door to the pickup truck, with her hanging from his neck.

As he gently put her into the truck, everyone in the shop watched. No one said anything until a waitress remarked, almost reverently, "He took his vows seriously."

STUBBORNNESS

Between two farms near Valleyview, Alberta, you can find two parallel fences, only two feet apart, running for a half mile.

Why are there two fences when one would do?

Two farmers, Paul and Oscar, had a ...

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From Issue:Winter 1995: Team Ministry
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