Our Ultimate Treasure
Like all great discoveries, legend has it that the scientific “Archimedean Principle” was hatched by the famous Greek mathematician while he was taking a bath! It seems that Archimedes had been given a problem to solve by King Hiero. The King had ordered a solid gold crown, but he had reason to believe that the person commissioned to fashion the crown was cheating him. He had paid for pure gold, but he suspected that the crown had been partially filled with something of lesser value. Archimedes struggled unsuccessfully with the problem of how to verify the king’s suspicions until one day, as he was bathing, he came to realize that an object would displace its own weight in water. This discovery enabled him to conduct a test later in which, by immersing the crown in a vessel of water, it was established that the king was right: the crown had not been fashioned out of pure gold. The legend goes on to say that when Archimedes made the discovery, he shot out of his tub, and without even stopping to put on his clothes, went running down the streets of ancient Syracuse shouting, “Eureka! Eureka! I’ve found the answer!” We can only imagine the shock and surprise of those who witnessed this triumphant spectacle!
We are constantly reminded that man does not invent everything -- not by a long shot. Like Archimedes' revelation, so many things simply exist -- only waiting to be discovered. Take for example mathematics. I may not be a genius when it comes to algorithms and geometric proofs, but even I can tell that 5x5 would equal 25, whether or not human beings came into existence. Stop and think about this for a minute. What this means is that an extremely large, accurate sub-system of numbers and patterns exist in our world through which we can figure out, not only certain physical laws, but also project data well beyond our own sphere of understanding.
The point is, mathematics existed before we did. So did fire, the mechanics of the wheel, even the fundamental principles of our most powerful [...]
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A politician running for office was outraged at an editorial about him that appeared in the local newspaper. He burst into the editorial rooms, charged into the editor ’s office, pounded his fist on the desk and said: “You are telling lies about me in your paper, and you know it.” To which the editor replied, “Even so, you have no reason to complain. What would you do if we told the truth about you?” In terms of our Christian living, what would we do if the truth were told about us?
Marriage, Divorce, Love
A man sought advice from a marriage counselor. He said to him, “I hate my wife. She is making my life miserable. I want a divorce and, more than that, I want to make things as tough as possible for her. What do you advise?” The counselor replied, “Begin by showering her with compliments. Indulge her in every way. Give in to her every whim. Then, when she realizes how much she needs you and wants you, start your divorce proceedings. That will fracture her.” Six months later, the counselor met the man and asked, “Are you following my advice?” “I am,” he answered. “When are you going to file your divorce papers?” he asked. “Are you out of your mind,” replied the man indignantly. “We’re divinely happy! I love her with all my heart!”
A close friend of Leopold Stokowski, the famous orchestra conduutor, has written that Stokowski often said to him, “Don’t ask me about what was, but what is to come.” This was typical of Stokowski’s attitude and approach to life. “Shortly before he died,” the friend wrote, “he had signed a contract with Columbia Records to make four records a year until 1982 - - when he would have been exactly 100.”
Thanksgiving, Death, Wonderment
“Be happy at all times; pray constantly; and for all things give thanks to God” (I Thessalonians 5:18). As he lay on his death bed, the renowned Jewish Theologian, Abraham Herschel, was visited by a close friend who found him woefully weak. The friend said that Rabbi Herschel faintly whispered to him ... “Sam, after my attack, when I regained consciousness, my first feeling was not of despair ... or anger. I felt only gratitude to God for my life, for every moment I had lived. I was ready to depart. ‘Take me, O Lord,‘ I thought, ‘I have seen so many miracles in my lifetime.’” Exhausted by the effort, Rabbi Herschel paused, then added, “That is what I meant when I once wrote: ‘I did not ask for success; I asked for wonder — and You gave it to me’”More