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OUT-OF-WHACK PRIORITIES

USA Today ran an article on October 25th, 1995 that is a great illustration about priorities. It reads...

"Ronald Warwick, captain of the luxury cruise ship Queen Elizabeth II, questioned a passenger who paid full fare for his dog to join them on an around-the-world cruise. (Accommodations ranged from $25,000 to $150,000.) 'Wouldn't it have cost less to leave him at home?'

"'Oh no,' the man said. 'When we are away a long time, the dog's psychiatrist fees are so high, it's less expensive to bring him along'" (Edward K. Rowell, 1001 Quotes, Illustrations & Humorous Stories for Preachers, Teachers & Writers (Baker Books: Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1996, 1997), 531).

When our priorities are out of whack, our sensibilities get out of whack. And when our sensibilities are out of whack we can waste a lifetime trying to do something but never accomplishing anything.

William Barclay puts it this way, "It is not the things which are obviously bad which...

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