Visiting a village school one day, King Oscar II of Sweden asked the pupils to name the
greatest kings of Sweden. The answers were unanimous: Gustavus Vasa, Gustavus
Charles X. Then the teacher leaned over to one little boy and whispered something in his
ear. "And King Oscar," volunteered the child.
"Really? And what has King Oscar done that's so remarkable?" asked the king.
"I--I--I don't know," stammered the unhappy child.
"That's all right," said the king. "Neither do I."
Today in the Word, August 2, 1993.
Helping a person find out what he needs, then helping him find the best way to get it.
I Thessalonians 2:11.
Super Bowl XVIII in Tampa, Florida, was billed as the ultimate game in the ultimate
city. Several years ago, Duane Thomas, then playing with the Dallas Cowboys, was preparing
for Super Bowl VI in New Orleans. "If it's the ultimate game, how come they're
playing it again next year?"
The nice thing about football is that you have a scoreboard to show how you've done. In
other things in life, you don't. At least, not one you can see.
Football coach Chuck
Helen Hayes once said that her mother drew a distinction between achievement and
success. Her mother advised her that "achievement is the knowledge that you have
studied and worked hard and done the best that is in you. Success is being praised by
others, and that's nice too, but not as important or satisfying. Always aim for
achievement and forget about success."
Bits & Pieces, August, 1989.