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Where Do We Find Ourselves?

A man flying in a hot air balloon realizes he is lost. He reduces his altitude and spots a man in a field down below. He lowers the balloon further and shouts, “Excuse me, can you tell me where I am?”

The man below says, “Yes, you’re in a hot air balloon, about 30 feet above this field.”

“You must be an engineer,” says the balloonist.

“I am. How did you know?”

“Everything you told me is technically correct, but it’s of no use to anyone.”

The man below says, “You must be in management.”

“I am. But how did you know?”

“You don’t know where you are, or where you’re going, but you expect me to be able to help. You’re in the same position you were before we met, but now it’s my fault.”

The first time I heard that story, years ago, it was e-mailed to me by an “engineer” co-worker who thought someone in “management” might enjoy a mutual poke. I thought it was funny, and still smile when I read it.

Seems to me that the best humor is often the joke we tell on ourselves. How about a favorite joke that you like to tell on yourself.

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6 Responses to “Where Do We Find Ourselves?”

  1. GodsBride says:

    I’m not the easiest person in the world to deal with. That’s because I live what so many call a “strict life”. I BELIEVE in being organized, planning ahead (giving God the eraser, though), etc. I believe in order, and that however a thing seemingly SUPPOSE to go, well..do it THAT way (though I’ve come to realize that God will show you His way, and it’ll totally blow your way “out of the water”!).I strive to love as God would have us to, and all of that, but so often, I find myself back at “square one”–wrestling with “flesh”, struggling to “bring it under subjection”. I’m a serious person, though I’m discovering that the more I relax and laugh, the better I feel. Yet, Sir, when it all boils down (and it DOES “boil down”, too :-)), you know where I “find” myself? At the foot of Jesus, hugging His legs (so to speak)like a child that just wants to feel “Daddy”, and thanking Him for the grace He gives a “badly-in-need-of-help” person like me! :-)

  2. Mart De Haan says:

    Hey, Kelvin and GodsBride, those are real smiles! You remind me of how a couple of years ago, I was feeling out of sorts and not wanting to spend a Saturday afternoon with the family. So I told them I was going fishing– by myself.

    Put my canoe on the truck and went up the river. Being by myself seemed like a wonderful idea.

    But by the time I got the canoe on the river the wind was blowing so much that I couldn’t really control the canoe and fish much. When I did hook into one of the biggest smallmouth bass I’d ever seen, I got my fishing line caught hopelessly around the prop of the trolling motor. That’s when the ole boy wanted to cry.

    Then while trying to trim a hook with my favorite jacknife– that I’d had for years– it slipped out my hands– and I can still see it going over the side into the water.

    Was the worse time fishing I can ever remember– but didn’t tell anyone why I got home early– until I could laugh about it with them

  3. daisymarygoldr says:

    A :)for the engineer, :)for the manger and a :) for your fishing story! As His followers it is easier to “talk the talk,” than to “walk the walk”…
    Fresh out of school I was more than prepared to go out and take life by the horns on my first day at work. The extra high heels, erect posture and the ‘chin up’ look added well to the confident determination to start it off on the right foot. After double checking that the 2 microphones on the podium and the one on me were tuned ‘on’ I took firm solid steps to make my way to the center of the stage. Stage fright was never in my dictionary and the scrutinizing looks from ~800 pairs of eyes did nothing to deter me from what I was poised to do- impart all the knowledge that was filled into my head and set the whole place blazing with a passion to LEARN. Starting with a nice warm welcoming smile and a brief self-intro I set forth to lay down the rules to ensure the smooth management of an environment exploding with high energy. With the right tone and pace to make the first impressions my best I maneuvered to the very last lines “Please do not leave your cell phones on…offenders will be unexcused”.
    The momentary pin-drop silence that followed the declaration of the Law was prematurely shattered by the shrill musical tones of my own cell sitting inside my purse in front of the 2 blaring microphones. I will leave it to your imaginations to what it was like in that auditorium after that…

    Thankfully we serve a God who not only gave us a whole big BOOK of technical instructions to lead a victorious Christian life but also became human to be tempted in every way as we are. He became a Forerunner for us so that we can follow His footsteps to live as overcomers in Christ.
    “…let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in DEED and in truth (1 Jn. 3:18)!

  4. poohpity says:

    I believe if it was a poor person they would have told him exactly where he was and would have asked which direction he would like to go then pointed him in that direction. Go figure! HAHA

    That is why I believe the Lord the has blessed the poor in spirit with the kingdom of God rather than the self reliant.

    My mother after a severe illness 7 years ago which effected her memory, got lost on the freeway and missed her turn only to end up right on her street. I told her that the Lord must have picked her up and set her where she needed to be, because he provides for the weak. I did not tell her she was weak she would have gotten very upset with that. Haha

  5. Basil Smith says:

    I was on a highway in Tasmania (accidentally – I had gone to the unfamiliar local shops to buy supplies. ‘Back soon i said to my wife.’) when the car made a horrible noise underneath. Without my mobile phone I set off to a highway telephone some distance away. A passing motorist kindly picked me up. As we drew away there was a horrible noise under the car! I said whatever is that noise, that’s what my car sounded like? He said: ‘It’s the new rumble strip that they are trialling on the roadside for sleepy drivers!’ I walked back to my car!

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