Popular Restaurant - Near UNC!

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, you're
table is ready."


Jill Carattini - rzim said...

"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.

Jack - Oxford U. said...

*Latin Lesson*

"Domino vobiscum."
(The pizza guy's here.)

"Sharpei diem."
(Seize the Wrinkled Dog.)

"Motorolus interruptus."
(Hold on, I'm going into a tunnel.)

"Bodicus mutilatimus, unemploymi forevercus."
(Better take the nose ring out before the job interview.)

"Nunc Tutus Exitus Computarus."
(It's Now Safe To Turn Off Your Computer.)

"Tempo Waturim."
(I drove my Ford off a bridge.)

"Litigata Ergo Sum."
(I sue, therefore I am.)

"Et tu, pluribus unum?"
(The government just stabbed me in the back!)

"Cavett Emptor."
(Beware, Dick Cavett could still make a comeback.)

Jackson - USC said...

There was this truck driver who had to deliver 5 penguins to the
state zoo. As he was driving his truck through the desert, his
truck breaks down. After about 3 hours, he waves another truck
down and offers the driver $500 to take these penguins to the state
zoo for him.

The next day the original truck driver arrives in town and sees the
new truck driver crossing the road with 5 penguins walking in
single file behind him.

The original truck driver jumps out of his truck and asks, "What's
going on? I gave you $500 to take these penguins to the zoo!"

The new truck driver responds, "I did take them to the zoo. And I
had enough money left over so now we're going to see a movie."

Professor Howdy said...

The LORD will send rain at the proper time from his rich treasury in the heavens to bless all the work you do. You will lend to many nations, but you will never need to borrow from them. - Deuteronomy 28:12 NLT

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