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    A few years ago a group of salesmen went to a regional sales convention in
    Chicago. They had assured their wives that they would be home in plenty of
    time for Friday night's dinner. In their rush, with tickets and briefcases,
    one of these salesmen inadvertently kicked over a table which held a display
    of apples. Apples flew everywhere. Without stopping or looking back, they
    all managed to reach the plane in time for their nearly missed boarding.

    ALL BUT ONE !!!

    He paused, took a deep breath, got in touch with his feelings, and
    experienced a twinge of compassion for the girl whose apple stand had been

    He told his buddies to go on without him, waved good-bye, told one of them
    to call his wife when they arrived at their home destination and explain his
    taking a later flight. Then he returned to the terminal where the apples
    were all over the terminal floor.

    He was glad he did.

    The 16 year old girl was totally blind! She was softly crying, tears running
    down her cheeks in frustration, and at the same time helplessly groping
    for her spil led produce as the crowd swirled about her, no one stopping and
    no one to care for her plight.

    The salesman knelt on the floor with her, gathered up the apples, put them
    back on the table and helped organize her display. As he did this, he
    noticed that many of them had become battered and bruised; these he set
    aside in another basket.

    When he had finished, he p ulled out his wallet and said to the girl,
    "Here, please take this $40 for the damage we did. Are you okay?" She nodded
    through her tears. He continued on with, "I hope we didn't spoil your day
    too badly."

    As the salesman started to walk away, the bewildered blind girl called out
    to him, "Mister...." He paused and turned to look back into those blind
    eyes. She continued, "Are you Jesus?"

    He stopped in mid-stride, and he wondered. Then slowly he made his way to
    catch the later flight with that question burning and bouncing about in his
    soul: "Are you Jesus?"

    Do people mistake you for Jesus? That's our destiny, is it not? To be so
    much like Jesus that people cannot tell th e difference as we live and
    interact with a world that is blind to His love, life and grace.

    If we claim to know Him, we should live, walk and act as He would.
    Knowing Him is more than simply quoting Scripture and going to church. It's
    actually living the Word as life unfolds day to day.

    You are the apple of His eye even though we, too, have been bruised by a
    fall. He stopped what He was doing and picked you and me up on a hill
    called Calvary and paid in full for our damaged fruit.

    Let us live like we are worth the price He paid!!!!!

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    thank you so much for the encouragement

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    Thank you so much. It is so easy just to talk the talk but its when we try to walk the walk that we sometimes (most the time for me) stumble and fall. I am so glad He is there to pick me me up and dust me off and set me back on the road.

    Thank You for your post

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    Thanks for posting that for us. I think sometimes we all need to be reminded.

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