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The story is told of a man who rushed into a suburban railroad station one morning and, almost breathlessly, asked the ticket agent: "When does the 8:01 train leave?"

"At 8:01," was the answer.

"Well," the man replied, "my watch says it's 7:59, the town clock says it's 7:57, but the station clock says it's 8:04. Which clock am I to go by?"

"You can go by any clock you wish," said the agent, "but you cannot go by the 8:01 train. It's already left."

He missed his train by "that much" because he didn't pay attention to the right standard.

(from a sermon by Jeff Strite, "Missed It by That Much" 7/20/08)

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