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Cynthia Thomas tells a story about her "brother and his new wife who were escorted to their bridal suite in an elegant hotel in the wee hours of the morning. They were tired from the many hours at their wedding reception and from mingling with their guests. They took a look around their room, taking in the sofa, chairs, and table. But where was the bed? This was the bridal suite...right? Then they discovered the sofa was a hide-a-bed, complete with lumpy mattress and springs sagging to the floor. Cynthia's brother and his new wife spent a fitful night on the hide-a-bed, waking up with sore backs.

"The next morning, the new husband went to the hotel desk and gave the management a tongue-lashing for giving them such a terrible room for the bridal suite.

"'Did you open the door in the room?' was the response.

"When he went back up to the room, he opened a door they had thought was a closet. There, complete with fruit baskets and chocolates, was a beautiful bedroom" (Edward K. Rowell, Leadership Journal, 1001 Quotes, Illustrations & Humorous Stories for Preachers, Teachers & Writers (Baker Books: Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1996, 1997), 469).

Too often we live lives of mediocrity. We are content with the status quo.

(From a sermon by Eric Lenhart, Sunday -- "Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places" 8/13/2010)

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